Arizona Department of Public Safety Re-Cap of Sunset Point Fatal Collision
Thursday, May 13, 2010 -
On Friday, May 7, 2010 at about 12:45 p.m., DPS received a call from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office regarding at 9-1-1 call they received from a man who stated he had been in a collision about five miles south of the Sunset Point Rest Area.
The caller stated he was injured and that he was unable to locate his son who was with him at that time his car left the roadway on I-17. Five DPS officers responded to the area and searched an 11-mile area from Sunset point to Black Canyon City, north and southbound.
Officers drove through the area and actually searched on foot, looking down the many ravines and gulches along I-17. DPS officers were unable to locate any vehicle collision scene.
On Sunday, May 9, 2010, at about 3:19 p.m., the Chandler Police Department contacted DPS and requested an aerial search of the area near Sunset Point, on I-17, in reference to a missing person’s case. DPS launched its Air Rescue helicopter based in Kingman. The aircraft located the vehicle wreckage at approximately 4:20 p.m. The DPS Air Rescue crew located two deceased males, one adult and one child, lying near the vehicle wreckage. The bodies were later identified as those of Conrad and Max Hernandez, who were reported missing. DPS immediately notified the Chandler Police Department.
Preliminary information from the DPS Vehicular Crimes Unit (VCU) indicates the vehicle traveled off southbound I-17 at milepost 250.7 and traversed down an approximate 200’ foot ravine, ejecting both occupants. Autopsies have been conducted by the Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The VCU detectives are working diligently to ensure a complete and thorough investigation. In deference to the family and to ensure the integrity of the investigation, we believe there is no benefit to continued speculation and erroneous reporting regarding this incident. DPS will be available to answer questions following the completion of the VCU investigation.