LINDEN — Navajo County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking into an an alcohol-related fatality rollover that occurred on Lone Pine Dam Road Monday June 3, shortly after midnight.
A 37-year-old Snowflake woman driving the vehicle was ejected during the rollover and was found dead at the scene from severe upper body trauma.
NCSO Chief Deputy Randy Moffitt said a Show Low woman was the passenger, she suffered unknown injuries was found alive in the vehicle by deputies.
Three days after the incident, NCSO did not provide the name of either the driver or the passenger.
Moffitt said in a press release that alcohol was involved, adding that they were told by witnesses that the two occupants of the vehicle were seen drinking before driving.
“Deputies investigated the collision to determine the cause of the collision and found evidence in support of the driver being impaired. Sheriff Clouse sends his condolences to the family however would like to remind anyone that has been consuming alcohol to please have a designated driver and don’t drive if you are impaired with alcohol or drugs,” Moffitt said in the press release.
“The 99 days from Memorial Day to Labor Day are the deadliest time for drivers with July 4 topping the list. So, let this be a conversation starter for you and your family and let’s make sure we all can enjoy our summer. It only takes one accident to change a life completely. Every life is precious and to lose one that may have been avoided is a tragic reminder to not drink and drive,” the press release stated.
Show Low Police also recently asked people to be patient, plan ahead for possible traffic delays and not to drink and drive or use drugs and drive, reminding everyone, residents and visitors alike, that summer is one of the busiest times of year in the White Mountains with events virtually every weekend.
Moffitt said the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is providing them with overtime funding to catch drunk and impaired drivers.
He said NCSO deputies are on the lookout year-round for impaired drivers (and aggressive driving) and especially on weekends.