Out Of Control Vehicle Rolls On Highway 87 Near Walmart Entrance

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A teen driving north into Payson on Highway 87 Friday reportedly lost control of her vehicle after the accelerator got stuck, sending her flying through afternoon traffic, according to police.

The 17-year-old was unable to slow down or stop and police did what they could to clear a path for her as she struggled to regain control.

The teen had reportedly just purchased the white vehicle in the Valley and was driving home, her mother following in another vehicle.

As the teen approached Payson, the vehicle's accelerator stuck. The teen called her mother and alerted her of the problem. The mother then called police and officers raced to clear intersections as the teen entered town.

Witnesses said the teen's vehicle appeared to be going 55-60 mph, said Police Chief Don Engler. Several motorists reported that they were nearly struck by the vehicle as it sped down the Beeline.

One woman waiting to pull into Wendy's said the papers sitting on her minivan's dashboard flew up as the teen's vehicle passed.

It is unclear if the teen tried to turn off the vehicle or put it into neutral. She was not wearing a seat belt when the vehicle clipped three other vehicles at the Beeline and Malibu Drive intersection. The teen's car rolled several times, ejecting her.

Paramedics airlifted the driver to Phoenix in critical condition. There were no injuries to the occupants of the other vehicles, Engler said.

Police say it is amazing no one else was seriously injured.

"It is credit to her," Engler said. "She was doing her best so that she wouldn't strike other vehicles."

Rumors that the accident culminated during a police chase are untrue.

Comments

Kathy Owen 2 years, 2 months ago

Yes Pat, not wearing a seat belt was bad, but the use of her cell phone saved lives. Being able to call her mom who in return alerted local authories to block traffic and clear intersections saved lives. I feel so sorry for this young lady, who ever sold her the car is responsible for the accelerator malfunction. My prayers to the young lady and her family and the other people involved.

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Travis Livengood 2 years, 2 months ago

Just to let everyone on here know, the girl unfortunately passed away. She was a friend of my little brother. Keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Deniese Morgan 2 years, 2 months ago

dear roundup..on your update:::: her name is Saige... not Paige....

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Jamaica Bloom 2 years, 2 months ago

I am Saige's older cousin and I would like to say that within this article you are stating facts which may or may not be true. Not even her immediate family knows all the details from the detectives involved and we especially did not know on Friday afternoon when this was written. Also, you clearly did not know this beautiful girl because she would make everyone in the vehicle put on their seat belt, including herself, even if she was not the one who was driving. You shouldn't attempt to make this a lesson for anybody, this was a terrible loss for our family and we all believe in our hearts that she was buckled up.I believe that you should not report false information and our family does not appreciate these incorrect or unknown statements.

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John Naughton 2 years, 2 months ago

We are truly saddened by the loss of your cousin. The information was provided by the Payson Police Department. Should their information prove to be incorrect, an immediate retraction and apology will be posted.

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Jamaica Bloom 2 years, 2 months ago

Today was the first day that her parents officially spoke with the police department, so we don't quite understand why you believe this is true when there is a serious investigation involved and hardly any information is being released.

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