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9/16/2013 12:48:00 PM
Update: Cornville car vs. motorcycle wreck results in serious injuries
Both vehicles pictured at the point of rest after the crash with the motorcycle partially beneath the rear bumper of the convertible sedan. Courtesy photo
Both vehicles pictured at the point of rest after the crash with the motorcycle partially beneath the rear bumper of the convertible sedan. Courtesy photo

CORNVILLE -- A serious car-motorcycle crash just before 9:30 a.m. Saturday on Cornville Road sent one rider to the hospital in critical condition.

The incident caused the shutdown of Cornville Road for several hours. Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the accident involving a 2-door convertible sedan and a motorcycle on Cornville Road.

The preliminary report shows the white convertible sedan was eastbound near mile marker 3 on Cornville Road near the top of the switchbacks. The convertible sedan began drifting into the incoming travel lane while negotiating a corner and nearly struck a westbound SUV. As the convertible sedan continued sliding into the ongoing traffic lane, it struck a motorcycle traveling behind the SUV. The crash threw the motorcycle rider from the bike. He has been identified as 60-year-old Utah resident William Adamson.

Adamson was airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center with serious injuries. On Tuesay, he was listed as being in stable but critical condition. The sedan's driver, identified as 54-year-old Raena Avalon from Sedona, was transported to the Verde Valley Medical Center for treatment.

The YCSO Accident Reconstruction Team is handling the investigation.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013
Article comment by: Brittany Adamson

Here is additional information for all you wondering. Bill Adamson is my father, he was traveling at 25 miles per hour uphill while this other driver was speeding around 50 mph downhill. She was taken to the hospital because she said she had stomach pains, so she was not medically impaired. All that needs to happen is prayers for both families. The amont of pain and suffering our family has endured over the past 10 days has been horrific and I don't wish this amount of pain to anyone. We are praying for a healthy recovery very soon.

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Article comment by: Really ??? Hypo Thetical

I don't think you really want to go with a "Large woman being steering challenged." On my way to work today I had a MALE driver try to pull into my lane while I was beside him. Thank God he looked before he actually got into my lane but he did cross the white line. He was the one who was steering challenged.

And what does cheap french fries have to do with the fact? Why are you so down on women? Did you have a bad mother? Did you have a bad experience with a woman? Not all females are bad drivers just as not all males are bad drivers. Accidents happen and those who are at fault will pay the price.Some more than others. But in 100 years who will care?

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Roy Ronan

Why all the bad mouthing back and forth? The driver on the wrong side of the road is at fault. The only possible mitigating circumstances might be sudden mechanical failure or medical impairment not caused by substance abuse.

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: On Point

So more signs will help a medically impaired driver?

Impairment (medication, gasp-drugs and alcohol) or distraction are statistically far more likely than a medical condition. I shutter to think it was a physical limitation but if so, was there personal accountaibility? And lets assume that drivers license, registration and taxes were all current as well.

From what I see there are three main roads out of here. Cornville road to I-17 so we can shop in Flagstaff so I can spend My money on THEIR taxes. And Page Springs Road to Sedona, so I can spend MY money on THEIR taxes. And the expressway known as Cornville Road to the dreaded evil doers of Cottonwood who want MY money to pay THEIR taxes.

Buckle up and drive safe.

God speed on your recovery Mr. Adamson.

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Randy Loftus

Too much judging going on here. Pretty easy when you can hide behind your computer with with all your asumptions flying around. I wonder why these people with all these"opinions" never use their real name. The word coward comes to mind. Get a real life. Watch out for motorcycles! We have families too!

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Common Sense Maybe

@Cole, we hope your dad recovers fully.

As for the woman in the car, until we have more of the story what caused her to drive over the yellow line, it's all speculation. She will be held accountable, regardless.

Maybe we need a couple more speed signs on the switchbacks to slow drivers down a little more. There are too many accidents there. As it's the only main road in and out for us Cornvillians, any time it's shut down, it effects us greatly.

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Do you guys even READ?


Cole Higgins, first of all, what happened to your dad was a terrible tragedy that I'm very sorry happened. I hope he recovers as fast as possible. And just so we're clear, I said nothing at all that implied your dad wasn't driving perfectly.

Now, to both Cole and SlaterSlater: I strongly suggest both of you actually READ exactly what I said, instead of flying off the handle and reacting without thinking. I said very clearly that if the sedan driver WAS driving impaired or did something inane to cause the accident, OBVIOUSLY, OF COURSE, they should be held accountable. I mean, duh...

And no, Cole, I am not a "retard" (how ugly of you), and nobody gets to dismiss the possibility that the person driving the sedan could have had a heart attack or some other medical condition that rendered them unable to drive at the moment they crossed the line. And thanks very much, I have a great life.

Maybe both of you would have to be on the other end of people jumping to emotional conclusions without all the information to consider your words more carefully. Cole, having your dad hurt is horrible, and I can understand yours a little more. Slater, you just seem to always be like that.

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Hypo Thetical

C'mon Slater, isn't it possible an "older large built female" might be 'steering-challenged'? And that cheap french fries might be a factor?

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

On sharper point?Get your head out of your butt.How is it that the car had no responsibility?
Must be a relative of yours.Anti biker rants and fat jokes.WOW
Sedan driver was an older large built female?
What do'es that have to do with the price of
potatoes.Medical issue my azz.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Cole Higgins

For all you dumb ignorant people, that is my dad, happens to be one of the best men to walk this earth and rides his motorcycle responsibly. This had nothing to do with him, and regardless what shape or (medical condition, for the retard that posted that comment) the driver will pay for what happened. Keep your opinions to yourself, get a life.

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: For The First Time

Slater Slater
"The driver of the car is lucky bikers didn't see it happen.He would have been airlifted to."
For the FIRST time ever! I agree with you.

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: Big D

It's nice to see everyone can make judgments when they don't know what they are talking about. 1) William was riding with 2 other bikers. 2) All 3 were following an SUV at the legal speed. 3) The sedan driver was an older large built female 4) It is unknown what was going on with the sedan driver prior to the accident except that she nearly had a head on with the SUV before hitting William.

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

The driver of the car is lucky bikers didn't see it happen.He would have been airlifted to.

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: What Huh

Where is the sedan they keep talking about? I see a convertible.

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: On Sharper Point

Yes, it could be that the sedan driver was doing something inappropriate that impaired his driving and, in that case, he should be held accountable.

But HELLO, that's only one possibility. But you don't care about that little detail at all, do you? He's already guilty and due punishment, in your mind. Doesn't even occur to you he might have had a medical issue, does it...

I guess for people like you, it would take something unavoidable like that happening to YOU for it to even register that such a thing is possible.

Right? How sad, and how typical of so many.

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