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Police: Arizona man tried seeking help before dying from injuries in ATV crash

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said George Couch, 35, collapsed onto the roadway after crashing his ATV into a manzanita bush.

YAVAPAI COUNTY, Ariz. — A 35-year-old man died Sunday afternoon after crashing his ATV into a manzanita bush, fatally puncturing his neck.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said George Couch was found unresponsive in the roadway near Copper Road in Mayer after he went riding alone on his ATV. 

Couch was found about 400 feet from his ATV, which was turned on its side in a manzanita bush. 

YCSO said it appears Couch had crashed into the bush, causing a severe puncture wound to his neck. Couch then apparently attempted to walk back to his family's campsite before collapsing and succumbing to his injuries. 

Couch was not wearing a helmet or other protective equipment, YCSO said. The Humboldt resident leaves behind three children

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Driving Safety Tips: 

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) offers driving tips to help keep people safe on the road. 

"There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety," the department said on its website. 

ADOT's suggestions include: 

  • Don’t speed or drive aggressively 

  • Never drive while under the influence of substances 

  • Avoid distractions while driving 

  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers are doing the same 

  • When an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, move over 

  • Stay extra aware in work zones 

  • Be prepared for weather conditions that make driving dangerous 

Find more tips on the department's Driving Safety Homepage on ADOT's website here. 

"Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511, downloading the AZ 511 app and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT," the department said. 


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