16-Year-Old Payson Girl Injured In Car Wreck

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A 16-year-old female resident of Payson was injured in a single vehicle accident last week.

The girl was a passenger in a car driven by Joshua L. Dahm, 19, Payson. According to the girl's mother, the two young people were returning from Prescott.

Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Whetten said the investigating officer's report indicated Dahm said he had fallen asleep at the wheel just before the car drifted off the road.

The car ran head-on into an embankment and a tree at milepost 262, southbound on Highway 87, just south of the turn-off to the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. The accident occurred a minute after midnight Wednesday, June 18, Whetten said.

Dahm was treated at Payson Regional Medical Center for bruises to his shoulder, chest, ribs and forehead, then released.

His passenger had to be extricated from the vehicle, a 1982 Mercedes, by the fire department.

The girl was transported by Native Air to Scottsdale Healthcare hospital with a fractured right leg and a compound fracture to her right arm.

Neither Dahm or the girl were wearing their seat belts, Whetten said.

The girl has undergone three surgeries since the accident, according to her mother.

Whetten said any citations for the accident are pending.

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