Weekend Accidents


Crash kills Payson man

A Payson man died Friday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a guardrail south of town on Highway 87.

Stephen Jay Winfrey, 58, was heading south on the highway about 2 p.m. when his Honda motorcycle gradually exited onto the right shoulder near milepost 227 and struck the guardrail, according to a Department of Public Safety spokesperson.

It is unknown what caused the wreck. No other vehicles were involved.

Winfrey was ejected from the motorcycle and died on scene.

Police probe rollover

A pickup truck that rolled Sunday afternoon in Payson sent one person to the hospital and another fleeing from police.

The older model Ford pickup rolled and landed on its top at the intersection of Manzanita and Highway 260 about 11 a.m. Sunday.

The driver told police he was heading west on Highway 260 when the vehicle’s brakes went out. Instead of going through the intersection, the man decided to turn north on Manzanita, but lost control and rolled.

The driver crawled out, but one passenger required firefighters assistance, said Fire Chief Marty deMasi.

Paramedics took the passenger to Payson Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The driver refused medical attention.

Another passenger, a woman, reportedly fled the scene because she had a warrant for her arrest, said Police Chief Don Engler.

Charges are pending until police can determine if the truck’s brakes malfunctioned, he said.


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