WILLIAMS - The Department of Public Safety has released the names of the men involved in yesterday's fatal collision on State Route 64. Williams Police Department Officer Brandon E. Hernandez, 24, of Williams was driving the marked police 2006 Ford four-door sport utility vehicle that struck James A. Innes, 46, of Mesa.
Innes was declared dead at the scene of the accident from the impact of the collision. He was driving a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle and was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
The fatal collision occurred at approximately 5:40 p.m. yesterday north of Williams on SR 64 near milepost 185. The collision caused the roadway to be closed for a short time while an investigation was conducted.
Hernandez was northbound on SR 64 when he began to make a U-turn to travel southbound. Innes, who was traveling northbound behind Hernandez, struck the driver's side door of the SUV.
Hernandez sustained injuries and was transported to a Flagstaff area hospital for treatment. DPS investigators have determined that Hernandez was wearing safety restraints, which lessened the severity of his injuries.
DPS investigators remain in the process of determining the specific cause(s) of the collision and also whether impairment was or was not a factor.
Hernandez has been placed on a three-day critical incident leave, according to WPD Chief Herman Nixon. The leave is a standard procedure. In addition, Hernandez will have to receive clearance from a physician before he is allowed to return to work.