Man Not Cited For Fatal Crash At Beeline-Bush


Charges will not be filed in a fatal accident involving a Payson man and the driver of a 2006 Ford truck.

Seventy-six-year-old Rocco Fantetti of British Columbia was killed after running a stop sign at the intersection of the Bush-Beeline highways Wednesday. Mark Kile of Payson, who was unable to stop and collided with the vehicle as it entered traffic, will not be cited.

Frank Valenzuela, Department of Public Safety public information officer, said Fantetti was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Eileen Fantetti, 71, was taken to a Scottsdale hospital.

The Bush-Beeline highway intersection is located 70 miles south of Payson and has been the location of many accidents in the past.

In 2005, three Payson residents were killed by a drunken driver at the intersection. That same year, a local doctor and his wife sustained injuries during a collision at the Bush-Beeline intersection.

The doctor, Allen Michels, called for a change at the intersection in a Sept. 16, 2005 Letter to the Editor in the Roundup.

"The vehicles, some towing recreational equipment, and traffic patterns no longer support such an intersection," Michels wrote at the time. "I submit that an overpass with better, longer merging lanes be considered. We all have too much we care about to allow this to go unchanged."

Valenzuela said DPS is considering safety improvements to the intersection.

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