Authorities: Driver injured in ATV crash in Cottonwood dies

Authorities: Driver injured in ATV crash in Cottonwood dies

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) – Yavapai County authorities say a driver injured in an ATV crash in Cottonwood has died of his injuries.

County sheriff’s officials say 66-year-old William Neal Adkinson was taken to a Flagstaff hospital after Tuesday afternoon’s rollover and later died.

They say Adkinson’s hometown hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Authorities say Adkinson was trying to pass another off-road vehicle near Highway 260 when he apparently lost control.

They say Adkinson drove onto a raised dirt shoulder, then through a barbed wire fence before his ATV rolled several times and wound up halfway down a 100-foot embankment.

Sheriff’s officials say Adkinson was ejected from the vehicle and suffered numerous serious injuries.

He wasn’t wearing a helmet or a seat belt.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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