PRELIMINARY INFORMATION - On February 8, 2014, just before 6 PM, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a traffic accident on Fossil Creek Road, approximately 19 miles from Highway 260, in Camp Verde. A 2001 white Isuzu Rodeo SUV was found about 100 feet from the dirt road down along a hillside. Camp Verde Fire personnel were already on scene and indicated a 30-year-old female, identified as Stephanie Steel, had been pronounced dead. A 36-year-old male, identified as William Jordon, was being treated by paramedics. William indicated Stephanie was his wife and driver of the vehicle. They reside in Phoenix.
Deputies spoke with William briefly as he was being prepared for flight to John C. Lincoln hospital in Phoenix. William stated that he and Stephanie had driven from Phoenix intending on camping at the Verde hot springs near the Child’s campground. William further explained that when road conditions became difficult, Stephanie was unable to prevent their vehicle from going over the side and crashing. He admitted neither one of them were wearing seatbelts.
Deputies found open beer cans in and around the vehicle at the crash site.
The investigation remains ongoing regarding verification as to the driver of the vehicle at the time of this collision and specific causal factors. Cause of death is pending Medical Examiner findings. Deputies are also interviewing witnesses who were in the area when the crash occurred.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website www.ycsoaz.gov