November 21: On October 23, 2013, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office investigators began collecting and reviewing evidence from the accident on Outer Loop Road which took the lives of 3 family members. Although some aspects of the investigation remain ongoing, a comprehensive review of physical evidence by the Accident Investigation Team indicates the east bound Subaru Outback, driven by Elaine Anderson, went left of the centerline on Outer Loop Road and struck the west bound Chevrolet Aveo, driven by Juilanna Hersh.
Investigators are still waiting for toxicology results from the Medical Examiner and cell phone call records involving both drivers.
Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be submitted to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office for review.
October 23: YCSO Investigating 3 Fatality Accident on Outer Loop Road -- October 23, 2013 – INVOLVED PARTIES IDENTIFED – ADDITIONAL DEATH REPORTED - The four occupants travelling together in the turquoise vehicle, a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo, are identified as Julianna Hersh, 23, Joseph Hersh, 15, Jeremiah Hersh, 13 and Jess Hersh, 9 years of age. Julianna, who was driving the Chevrolet, and Jess (a young girl) were pronounced deceased at the scene. Jeremiah was transported to a hospital in Phoenix and has died. Joseph was airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center and is expected to survive. The Hersh family is from Chino Valley, AZ.
The solo driver in the silver 2007 Subaru is identified as 63-year-old Elaine Anderson of Prescott, AZ. She was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center and is expected to survive.
Outer Loop Road was re-opened earlier this afternoon. The cause of this tragic accident remains under active investigation with YCSO accident reconstruction specialists. Details will be updated when provided to the media office.
October 23: At about 7:50 AM this morning, YCSO deputies were dispatched to a traffic accident on Outer Loop Road at approximately milepost 2.5, between Reed Road and Williamson Valley Road. Two sedan type vehicles were involved in an apparent head on collision. A silver colored vehicle contained only the driver, while a turquoise colored vehicle contained a driver and 3 passengers. Of those 4 in the turquoise colored vehicle, two were pronounced dead on scene. The lone driver and a passenger in the turquoise colored vehicle were airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center, while the remaining passenger was transported by ambulance to Yavapai Regional Medical Center. Preliminary reports indicate all 3 are in serious condition.
No identities will be released pending notification to respective family members.