Payson Girl Dies In Rollover Accident


Alicia Steiner, 19, of Payson died Wednesday after being ejected from a vehicle in a rollover accident south of Payson.

According to Department of Public Safety Officer Vern Havens, Steiner was traveling southd on Highway 87 when she lost control of her vehicle, a 1999 Jeep Wrangler. The vehicle, Havens said, drifted onto the median, causing the driver to overcorrect. The Jeep crossed two lanes of traffic before striking an embankment. It then went into a spin before rolling several times and coming to rest in the high speed lane on its wheels. Steiner was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident occurred at 5:35 p.m., at milepost 243.1.

Havens was on scene at 5:42 p.m. The accident was not weather related and it is still under investigation. Havens said speed does not appear to be a factor.

Second accident

DPS was called to the scene of another rollover accident Friday morning, Oct. 5 at 7:05 a.m. on Highway 87 at milepost 232.2.

Officer Bert Cheney, who investigated the accident, said Ladawn Thompson, 22, of Houck, Ariz. was traveling north when she lost control of her vehicle, a 1998 Dodge Dakota.

The vehicle went into the median and then rolled down an embankment. Thompson, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. She was taken by air ambulance to the trauma center at Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital after suffering multiple injuries.

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