18-year-old dies from injuries sustained during truck rollover in Colorado City

ST. GEORGE — An 18-year-old woman has died as a result of injuries sustained during an early morning rollover Thursday near Colorado City, Arizona.

Cassie Dockstader obituary photo published April 8, 2016, St. George News
Cassie Dockstader obituary photo published April 8, 2016, St. George News

Cassie Dockstader, of Colorado City, was pronounced dead at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George Thursday morning after lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful following a crash on County Road 5, approximately three miles southwest of Centennial Park, Arizona.

At approximately 6:20 a.m., Cassie Dockstader and three other young adults – Dixon Barlow, Rosie Dockstader and Tyler Roundy – all between the ages of 18 and 22, were traveling in a 2002 red Ford Ranger when it rolled, Mohave County Sheriff’s Spokesperson Trish Carter said Friday.

All four of the vehicle’s occupants were ejected from the truck during the course of the rollover, Carter said, adding that no one in the vehicle had been wearing a seat belt.

Wounded, Rosie Dockstader and Roundy were able to walk and call 911 for help, Carter said.

Two medical helicopters, four ambulances and 21 emergency responders were dispatched to the scene of what was described by authorities as a “high speed” rollover. Initially, the crash left Dockstader and Barlow listed in critical condition.

The scene of a high speed rollover where four people were ejected from a rolling truck, Colorado City, Arizona, April 7, 2016 | Photo by Michael Durrant, St. George News
The scene of a high speed rollover where four people were ejected from a rolling truck, Colorado City, Arizona, April 7, 2016 | Photo by Michael Durrant, St. George News

“One patient was very critical,” Colorado City Fire Chief Kevin Barlow said at the scene Thursday, “so much so that they chose not to work that patient in the helicopter and they ended up ground transporting.”

All four crash victims were transported by either ground or air to Dixie Regional Medical Center, Carter said. Rosie Dockstader and Roundy were released from the hospital Thursday. As of Friday afternoon, Barlow remains at the hospital where he is undergoing treatment for his injuries.

While the investigation into the incident is ongoing, Carter said speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.

“First responders on the scene observed the odor of alcohol along with several empty beer cans,” Carter said.

As this report is published, Carter said it is unclear who was driving the truck at the time the rollover occurred.

Cassie Dockstader died from injuries sustained during a high speed rollover April 7, 2016, near Colorado City, Arizona, photo date and location unspecified | Photo courtesy of gofundme, St. George News
Cassie Dockstader died from injuries sustained during a high speed rollover April 7, 2016, near Colorado City, Arizona, photo date and location unspecified | Photo courtesy of gofundme, St. George News

As news of Cassie Dockstader’s death quickly spread, friends and family began posting messages on her Facebook page. A Facebook post by Melanie Harker read:

Your wings were ready but my heart was not … I can’t believe you are really gone. I keep waiting to hear your love-able laugh, telling everyone to stop crying and that its just a joke. I keep thinking if I can just wake up everything will be as it was, you so full of life. Cassie you were such a spark of life, keep shinning wherever you are. I love you!

A GoFundMe page set up online by friends and family Thursday had already garnered over $4,000 in donations by 37 people within 14 hours.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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3 Comments

  • .... April 9, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    A sad time for the family for sure. I wish them the best

  • mesaman April 10, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    How very sad to lose a family member this young. May your memories of this lovely young lady lessen the grief you must feel.

  • ladybugavenger April 11, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Very sad, I’m sorry for your loss. Condolences to your family.

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