A Huachuca City man, 34-year-old Michael Bernardo, died on Monday following a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of 7th Street and Fry Boulevard. The collision sent two others to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
At about 10:46 a.m., Sierra Vista Police Department and Sierra Vista Fire & Medical Services Personnel responded to the collision.
Sierra Vista Police Department (SVPD) officers determined three vehicles were involved and one had rolled over before coming to a rest. Mr. Bernardo, the driver of a 2008 Chevrolet four-door sedan, was extricated from his vehicle. He later died at Canyon Vista Medical Center due to his injuries.
The drivers of the other vehicles, a 2015 Subaru four-door station wagon that rolled over and a 2001 Lincoln four-door sedan, were transported to Canyon Vista Medical Center.
Witnesses on scene said Mr. Bernardo was traveling south on 7th Street in the left southbound lane when he approached the Fry Boulevard intersection at a high rate of speed. Mr. Bernardo clipped the Lincoln sedan, which was stationary and waiting at the red light in the right southbound lane to turn right onto Fry Boulevard. After contacting the Lincoln, Mr. Bernardo entered the intersection and was t-boned by the driver of the Subaru four-door station wagon, who was traveling westbound on Fry Boulevard with a green light. The intersection remained closed for just over one hour.
Anyone with information relevant to this incident is asked to contact SVPD Detective John Papatrefon, an accident reconstruction specialist, at (520) 452-7500.