UPDATE: 1 dead, 2 children injured in early morning rollover, driver identified

An SUV rolled early Sunday morning killing one man and injuring two children, Mohave County, Arizona, May 8, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

UPDATE: Trooper Callister has identified the deceased driver as 27-year-old Chris O’Connor from North Las Vegas.

MOHAVE COUNTY, ARIZ. — A man was killed Sunday morning when his SUV left the roadway about a mile north of the Arizona-Nevada state line and rolled. Two children in his car were injured.

An SUV rolled early Sunday morning killing one man and injuring two children. Mohave County, Arizona, May 8, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
An SUV rolled early Sunday morning killing one man and injuring two children, Mohave County, Arizona, May 8, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

“For unknown reasons the driver of the vehicle went off the road and overcorrected and rolled his vehicle,” Arizona Department of Public Safety Trooper Tom Callister said. “The driver of the SUV was not wearing a seat belt, and was ejected and sustained fatal injuries.”

The two children, brothers, in the SUV had their seat belts on when it rolled on southbound Interstate 15 about 5:30 a.m MST, 6:30 a.m. MDT.

“I believe their ages are 13 and nine,” the trooper said. “They (the brothers) sustained minor injuries and are going to be treated and released at Mesa View Hospital (in Mesquite, Nevada).”

The driver was a family friend of the two children, who said they were from Henderson, Nevada. The driver’s name is not being released pending notification of his family.

Units from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Arizona Department of Transportation and Beaver Dam Fire and Rescue were called to the scene.

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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5 Comments

  • Chris May 8, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    “a mile north of the Arizona-Nevada state line”?? The Arizona-Nevada border runs north/south where I-15 crosses it, so it is not possible for a car to be a mile north of it. This seems a common misconception. The reality is that where I-15 runs through Mesquite it is running almost exactly east/west.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic May 9, 2016 at 8:01 am

      OK … but, Chris, that being said, the Federal Highway Administration created the Interstate system on two simple designations: North-south routes, which are given odd numbers (like I-15); and east-west routes, which are given even numbers (like I-70). So we follow that for familiar point of reference. Just imagine if dispatchers, highway patrols and media complicated the simplicity of north-south and east-west references with greater specificity. Sometimes, simplicity is more clear than specificity, don’t you think? Depending on the context it is used in, of course.

      Boy, you made me analyze why we do what we do on this one. 🙂
      Good challenge, good consideration. I hope my reply satisfies. Thank you!

      ST. GEORGE NEWS
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

  • fun bag May 8, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    probably an electronic device (electronic distraction)

  • ladybugavenger May 8, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    On my way to Vegas today I saw this vehicle. The scene was clear other than the vehicle, a police car, and a tow truck….so at the time I had no idea of the fate of the occupants. RIP!

  • anybody home May 9, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Always amazing to see/hear about an accident like this on a flat, straight stretch of highway with little traffic in clear weather. Too easy to get lazy with the driving. I agree that it was possibly an electronic distraction or maybe he dropped a lighted cigarette in his lap. Whatever it was, not worth the result. Hope it wasn’t him trying to read a text that read something like “Whacha doin’ bro?” or some other stupid message. Definitely not worth it.

    Joyce, your answer about direction was great – clear and simple.

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