YCSO lieutenant, son die in single-vehicle collision on Hwy 69
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Wayne Loughrige,
51 and his son Joseph Arter, 17, were killed
late Friday afternoon in a single-vehicle collision on southbound State Highway 69 at milepost 277 between Humboldt and Poland Junction roads in the Dewey- Humboldt area.
Department of Public Safety officials said a 2005 Dodge Durango driven by Wayne, who was off-duty, drifted into the center median, overcorrected, and lost control before colliding with an embankment along the right side of the roadway.
Both Loughrige and Arter, who was a passenger in the car, suffered severe trauma from the collision and were pronounced dead at the scene, said Dwight D’Evelyn, YCSO spokesman.
Loughrige and Arter had been wearing their seatbelts and there is no indication that vehicle speed or driver impairment were factors in the accident, D’Evelyn added.
“YCSO personnel are devastated by this tragic death involving Wayne and his son,” D’Evelyn said. “Sheriff Scott Mascher has been meeting with YCSO employees throughout the afternoon and evening to brief them on the tragedy.”
Two CYFD engines, two Mayer Fire engines, two Life Line Ambulances, and Arizona Department of Public Safety officers responded to the scene, Central Yavapai Fire District Battalion Chief Jeff Polacek said.
DPS will be handling the accident investigation.
“DPS understands the sensitivity of these types of cases,” said DPS Officer Carrick R. Cook, public information officer. “We’re very diligent and deliberate in our investigation so the family can have all the details that led up to the deaths of their loved ones.”
Mascher expressed his appreciation for the concern and care of DPS officers who handled the accident scene and reporting, D’Evelyn said.
Wayne began his career with YCSO as a detention officer in 1991, was promoted to certified deputy, and became patrol sergeant in 1998.
Loughrige is a 21-year law enforcement veteran. He married his wife Kristine in October 2012.
Loughrige’s current assignment as Northern Area Command Patrol Commander was the result of a 2007 promotion. His office was located at the Williamson Valley sub-station.