Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single vehicle rollover accident on Centennial Road early Friday (10/19) evening. At about 6:05 p.m., MCSO dispatch received a 911 call reporting a one vehicle roll over crash on Centennial Road.
Deputies and Golden Valley Fire Department personnel responded, locating the crash a little more than a mile south of the prison. A preliminary investigation revealed that the 1970 dune buggy was being operated by Frank Ellis Stringer, 53, with Ronnie Ray Birdsell, 54, as a passenger, both of Golden Valley. The two were traveling north on Centennial Road when they encountered a washed out section of the road. Stringer was unable to slow the vehicle prior to hitting the rough section of the road and the dune buggy rolled.
Stringer was partially ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene. Birdsell was fully ejected during the crash and was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Neither of the two occupants were wearing the installed safety belts. The investigation is on going and speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors.
This particular section of Centennial Road has never been accepted into the Mohave County Road system and therefore is not a maintained roadway.