Sierra Vista Police have confirmed that excessive speed was a factor in the single vehicle rollover accident that occurred on Thursday and sent three people to local hospitals.
On October 3 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Cochise County Deputy Allison Hadfield clocked a vehicle travelling westbound in excess of 90 miles per hour on Highway 90 Bypass. Hadfield, who was travelling eastbound, turned and tried to catch up to the vehicle, but it crashed near the intersection of Highway 90 and Buffalo Soldier Trail before she reached it.
Hadfield and several witnesses began to render aid to the two occupants, driver Davonnte Payne, 27 of Sierra Vista, and her 3-year-old son. Payne was transported to Canyon Vista Medical Center for treatment and her son was flown to a hospital in Tucson. Hadfield suffered a leg injury and was also transported to Canyon Vista Medical Center.
The Sierra Vista Police Department Accident Reconstructionist has confirmed that Payne was indeed traveling in excess of 90 miles per hour when her vehicle left the roadway. The vehicle rolled at least four times before coming to rest on Fort Huachuca on the northeast corner of the intersection.
SVPD is still investigating the accident but believe that alcohol and/or drugs were also a factor. Payne has not yet been released from Canyon Vista Medical Center, and her son is reported to be in stable condition at the Tucson hospital.
Anyone witnessing the accident is asked to call the Sierra Vista Police Department at (520) 452-7500.