Speed a Possible Factor in Sheriff Dever's Crash; Beer Found at Crash Site, But No Indication Dever had Been Drinking

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Dever crashed about two miles north of White Horse Lake, on Forest Road 109.

As a resident and sheriff of a rural Arizona county, driving on dirt roads was second nature to Larry Dever.

So how the law enforcement professional end up rolling his three-quarter-ton pickup on one?

One possibility: Excessive speed.

"That certainly is one school of thought," says Gerry Blair, spokesman for the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

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Dever had been traveling southbound on Forest Road 109 in the Kaibab National Forest, about two miles north of White Horse Lake, on his way to a hunting and camping trip with family members. It was about 6:30 p.m. -- just after sunset.

For unknown reasons, Dever lost control of his 2008 three-quarter-ton Chevrolet pickup and rolled it. A witness told authorities Dever appeared deceased immediately after the crash.

No information is readily available about whether Dever had been wearing a seat belt, Blair says.

Online maps show that in that general area, FS 109 is relatively straight. However, Blair, who was at the crash scene this afternoon, says the road goes into a "slight-to-moderate curve," and was a "bit washboardy" near where Dever lost control.

Blair wasn't sure if any speed limit applied to the road, adding that he saw no signs on his drive to the site.

As anyone with back-roads experience knows, washboards -- those ridges formed on heavily used dirt roads -- can cause a loss of traction.

Beer bottles and cans were strewn around the crash site, Blair says, but they appeared to have come from a cooler that had been in the bed of Dever's truck.

A deputy who investigated the crash initially didn't find or smell anything in the cab that would have indicated Dever had an open container while driving or had been drinking, he says.

A toxicology report won't be available for a while, but investigators hope to release more information about the incident in a couple of days, Blair says.


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DESERTRAT
DESERTRAT

THATS THE PROB GRADING THE ROAD 2 TIMES A YEAR EVERY ONE SPEEDING AND RAIN  PLUS OFF ROAD VEC ON THEM .I RIDE SO DONT TAKE IT WRONG. OHV TAG .THAT PAYS FOR ROAD MAINTENCE .CLEARLY THE STATE NEEDS TO DO THERE JOB.AND POST SINGS UP .

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

wow do these morons think I was born yesterday? No speedlimit on a dirt road? Wash board causes loss of traction? HELLO I have driven on plenty of unpaved roads in rural AZ, (Yavapai county has plenty of them). I have driven to Crown King and back in my old car, a Honda Civic. And the only times I ever "lost" control was when I was going too fast. If you go around 40 over washboard it actually makes the ride smoother tho. 

 

As an aside isn't the speed limit on ANY unmarked road 35MPH? 

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