Teacher Injured In Head-On Crash


Payson school teacher Jayne Peace was air-lifted to Scottsdale Healthcare - Osborne Thursday evening, following a head-on collision with Richard Pool on the Gisela Road.

As of Friday morning, Peace was listed in fair condition.

Preliminary details from the Gila County Sheriff's Department indicate only that Peace and Pool collided about three miles in on the Gisela Road east of Highway 87 around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

"It looks like there were three involved; two in one car and one in the other," said Sgt. Adam Shepherd. Peace -- a 10th-grade teacher at Payson High School -- was flown directly from the scene to Scottsdale. The other two were treated at Payson Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.

"She's black and blue, and stitched and scraped," Peace's son Shawn Haught said Friday morning from the hospital. "Her head's pretty swollen, too. They were going to release her today, but it looks like they'll keep her for 24 hours for observation."

Pool, 44, was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, was booked into Gila County jail and was awaiting an initial court appearance Friday morning.

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