Cochise County Sheriff dies Sept. 18 in collision south of Williams
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Larry Albert Dever, 60, of St. David, Ariz., died Sept. 18 as the result of a one-vehicle rollover collision that occurred south of Williams.
Dever is the current sheriff of Cochise County. He traveled to the area with the intent of meeting several family members in the area of White Horse Lake for a camping and hunting trip.
On Sept. 18, at approximately 6:40 p.m. emergency dispatchers for the Coconino County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) received the report of a one-vehicle collision that occurred on Forest Service Road 109 approximately two miles north of White Horse Lake. The caller at the scene reported he did not detect any signs of life from the single occupant of the vehicle. CCSO deputies and medical personnel from the Williams Volunteer Fire Department and Life Line Medical Transport responded to the collision location. Once on scene, medical personnel determined that the victim was deceased.
The reporting party said he was following a 2008 three -quarter ton white, Chevrolet pickup truck south bound on the dirt road that leads to White Horse Lake. He said for a brief time he lost sight of the vehicle. He later saw what appeared to be a cloud of dust, and as he came closer he learned that the vehicle had rolled over and was resting on its wheels.
Based on the reporting party's statements and physical evidence at the scene, deputies believe that for an unknown reason the driver lost control of the vehicle causing it to leave the roadway, roll over and come to rest on the wheels.
This investigation is being continued by CCSO and the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office.