On January 19, at approximately 3:25 p.m., Lake Havasu City Police Officers responded to a two-vehicle accident on State Route 95 at Falls Springs Wash.
A 2001 green Land Rover SUV driven by a 28-year-old Alaska resident was southbound on SR-95 when he drove left of center and collided head-on with a white Infinity SUV, occupied by a family of five.
The female driver of the Infinity, 38-year-old Lake Havasu City resident Maria Ramirez-Rangle and her 10-year-old daughter, who was in the rear seat, suffered fatal injuries, in the collision. An adult male front seat passenger and two other children, ages 14 and 5 were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Due to the extent of the children’s injuries, both were transported to a Children’s Hospital outside of Lake Havasu City.
The driver and only occupant of the Range Rover, was called-in as an erratic driver to the Department of Public Safety minutes prior to the fatal accident. He was also involved in a minor accident where he sideswiped another car traveling southbound near Jacob Row just before being involved in the fatal accident.
The Lake Havasu City Police Department’s Crash Investigation Team responded to the scene to investigate the collision. SR-95 closed for several hours from North Palo Verde Boulevard to Lake Drive during the investigation and the Arizona Department of Transportation responded to assist with the closure.
The accident is still under investigation to help determine a cause, and blood results are pending on the driver of the Range Rover.