Aps Driver Faces 12 Counts In Fatal Crash

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The driver of an Arizona Public Service vehicle that struck an oncoming car and killed two people east of Payson Aug. 15 has been indicted on 12 charges by a Gila County grand jury.


John Victor Noack, 53, of Payson, was indicted on three charges of second degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, four counts of endangerment, one count of DUI, and one count of DUI-drugs.


Noack has been placed on house arrest after posting a $50,000 bond. A pretrial conference will be held in October.


APS District Manager Jim Spencer said Noack, who was on call the Sunday of the accident, was responding to a service outage in Young when the accident occurred on Highway 260 just west of Dealer's Choice Road.


Investigators from the Arizona Department of Public Service said Noack was driving east when he drifted off the right side of the highway, pulled back on to the road at highway speed and overcorrected. Out of control, Noack's work truck spun counterclockwise, and slid into the west lane, crashing into a Ford Escort driven by Pauline Ann Jeffrey of Keams Canyon.


Jeffrey, her cousin Karen Begay and Begay's two children were returning to Phoenix from a trip to see family on the Navajo Reservation.


Jeffrey, her cousin Karen Begay, and Begay's 2-year-old son Anfernee Tsipai were killed instantly. Begay's 4-year-old daughter, Shavanah Tsipai, was the only survivor, suffering a broken left leg and minor cuts and bruises.


Noack was uninjured in the wreck, and was booked into the Gila County jail.

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