GOLDEN VALLEY - A teenage driver who Mohave County Sheriff's deputies said deliberately made his car fishtail on an unpaved Golden Valley road sustained minor injuries after the vehicle crashed, but his three passengers were seriously injured.
The accident occurred at about 6:10 p.m. Tuesday on Teddy Roosevelt Road. The driver, Jacob Hultenschmidt, 18, was the only person in the late-model Hyundai sedan who had on his seatbelt. Passengers Shania Riordan, 19, of Golden Valley, and Kingman residents Jacob Lucero, 18, and Cassandra Emery, 19, were ejected from the vehicle after Hultenschmidt lost control and the vehicle rolled, according to sheriff's office spokeswoman Trish Carter.
Emery and Lucero, who were in the back seat prior to the crash, were ultimately taken by air ambulance to a Las Vegas hospital after all four were transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center. Carter said the three passengers suffered broken bones and lacerations.
Golden Valley firefighter-paramedics and EMTs responded, as did three ambulances, said Golden Valley Fire Chief Tom O'Donohue.
Carter said speed is a factor in the crash, in addition to the alleged deliberate fishtailing.
The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending, she said.