Man killed, 3 girls injured in off-roading crash in Queen Valley

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

QUEEN VALLEY, Ariz. -- A Mesa man was killed and three girls were injured in an all-terrain vehicle wreck in Queen Valley over the weekend.

It happened shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday at North Whitlow Dam Road, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Kimberly Charles Hopkins, 57, was driving a Polaris RZR 800 at the time of the crash. He died at the scene.

Three girls, two 9-year-olds and an 8-year-old, were riding with Hopkins. They were thrown from the vehicle when it rolled.

One of the 9-year-olds suffered head injuries and was air-lifted to a hospital.

The other 9-year-old suffered a broken collarbone. The 8-year-old suffered facial injuries. Both girls were transported by ground ambulances.

According to investigators, the right tires went off the roadway causing the ATV to tumble 15 to 20 feet down a hill.

PCSO has not determined if impairment was a factor in the crash, but they know there should not have been four people in that vehicle.

The Polaris RZR 800 is a side-by-side off-road vehicle that's designed for two people -- a driver and one passenger.

"None of the occupants were seat belted in at the time of the crash," Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said in a news release. "When the vehicle rolled down the hill it landed on top of Mr. Hopkins. This case is a tragic reminder of the importance of only carrying the number of passengers a vehicle is designed for and to always wear your seat belt."

Deputies did no say how Hopkins and three girls were related.

Queen Valley is about an hour east of Phoenix via U.S. 60.