High School Student Dies in Interstate Car Crash in Scottsdale

High School Student Dies in Interstate Car Crash in ScottsdaleFriends and family of a Scottsdale high school student killed in an Arizona car crash are mourning their loss this week after the fatal accident occurred late on Saturday, November 26, The Arizona Republic reports.

According to the news provider, 17-year-old William Mandel Waldo IV, a senior at Saguaro High School, was allegedly thrown from a vehicle in an accident on Interstate 17 at about 10:30 p.m. just south of Flagstaff. Reports from the Arizona Department of Public Safety stated that although the cause of the accident has not yet been determined, investigators concluded that the 2003 Isuzu in which Waldo was riding rolled several times before coming to a stop.

Waldo, known as Billy by his friends, was found to have not been wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred. Waldo’s friend Parker Shanks, also 17, was driving the vehicle. First responders found Shanks wearing his seat belt and then transported him to Flagstaff Medical Center with serious injuries, however he is expected to recover, the media outlet stated.

According to The Associated Press, the two friends were traveling to Flagstaff in the sport utility vehicle to watch Saguaro High School play Cactus High School in the Division III high school football championship game at Northern Arizona University’s stadium. Hamilton High, where Shanks attends school, was also participating in a game that same day in Glendale.

Through Facebook, news of Waldo’s death spread quickly through the community, according to the Arizona Republic.

“He was a really great guy. Everyone really liked him,” said Daniel Simonson, 18, also a senior at Saguaro High.

Statistics from the Arizona Department of Transportation indicate that 18 passengers between the ages of 15 and 19 were killed in car accidents in 2010, while another 2,184 passengers in the same age bracket were injured. An additional 19 drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 were killed in that same year, with 3,078 injuries reported by teen drivers.

In total, there were 106,177 accidents across the state in 2010.