RIMROCK, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A 5-year-old girl has died after her mom possibly fell asleep at the wheel and crashed head-on into a pickup truck. The crash happened Monday afternoon on Cornville Road near Kimberleys Way, which is north of Interstate 17.
According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, the 46-year-old woman drove her Chevy Suburban the wrong way on Cornville Road and hit a pickup truck driven by a 37-year-old man. YCSO said the woman, whose name has not been released, had her 5-year-old daughter with her, but the little girl was not in a child seat.
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First responders had to cut all three victims out of their vehicles. The little girl was taken to Verde Valley Medical Center and then flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where she was removed from life support and pronounced dead Thursday. Both her mom and the driver of the pickup were flown to Flagstaff Medical Center.
YCSO says witnesses told them the Suburban had been weaving on Cornville Road and crossed the center line several times. The woman reportedly told deputies she thought she had dozed off at the wheel. She also said she has used medical marijuana and taken pain pills. “Deputies located evidence of drug use in her purse along with medical marijuana prescriptions,” YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said.
It will be up to a blood test to determine if she was legally impaired. A charging decision has not been made as of Thursday night.