Seligman AZ (September 16, 2012) – On September 15, 2012, at approximately 9:30 in the morning, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of two motorcycles involved in a collision on Crookton Road east of Seligman, Arizona.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a group of four motorcycles were traveling west on Crookton Road near Mile Post 147.5 when the leading motorcycle impacted debris, possibly from a tire, and lost control.
Deputies arrived and found three persons severely injured. Medical personnel treated the injured and determined 60-year-old Cathy Pizzullo, from Prescott Valley, Arizona had died. She was a passenger on the lead motorcycle in the group being driven by her husband.
The Prescott Valley, Arizona couple apparently struck the road debris first and lost control of their motorcycle. Mr. Pizzullo suffered injuries to his head and chest.
The driver on the second motorcycle in line collided with the lead motorcycle and he suffered back and torso injuries. His passenger was not hurt. Both injured riders were airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center. The motorcyclists riding in the third and fourth positions were able to avoid a collision and stopped to render aid.
All involved in the accident were wearing helmets. The speed of the motorcycles has not been documented as of this writing.
Deputies spoke with the driver of an SUV towing a utility trailer traveling ahead of the motorcycle group. The SUV driver stated that he had attempted to avoid the tire debris in the road, but apparently struck it with his trailer, causing the debris to exit from behind the trailer and onto the roadway in front of the motorcycles. The people in the SUV also stopped to render aid.
An accident investigation team arrived on the scene to collect evidence and review the incident pending a final report. Cathy Pizzullo’s cause of death determination is under evaluation by the Yavapai County Medical Examiner.
Citizens may contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260.