|Five killed in car crash after leaving teen's birthday party in the desert... and they weren't found until 15 HOURS later|
By Meghan Keneally|
Daily Mail - London, England
A birthday celebration ended in tragedy as four teens and one young man died when their car crashed off a remote Arizona desert.
Only one of the six passengers in the Chevrolet Suburban survived the rollover crash and it is thought that she was trapped in the car for up to 15 hours before help arrived.
The accident occurred either late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, but police did not arrive on the scene until Wednesday afternoon.
Only 18-year-old Nakita Timpson, whose birthday the group was celebrating, survived the crash and was flown to a Utah hospital.
'She was actually trapped by the vehicle. I understand that she is going to survive the crash,' said Mohave County Sheriff chief deputy Jim McCabe.
Her brother, 19-year-old Jamison Timpson, was killed, as was their cousin who was driving, 22-year-old Carl Holm. All three grew up in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints before leaving or being forced out - Nakita Timpson very recently, friends and relatives told the Salt Lake Tribune.
The youngest victim, Virgel Roundy, 15, was also from the Warren Jeffs-led polygamous sect; his father is the town's police chief.
Monica Bistline, 17, lived in the community until she was about 12, when she left with their mother. Her father stayed until just last week, when he left and began reconnecting with his family, according to the Tribune.
17-year-old Rachel Anne Colgrove, whose family wasn't part of the sect but lived in nearby Cane Beds, was also killed.
Nakita's uncle, Richard Holm, told Deseret News that his niece was lucky to survive.
'I've heard that she was 18 hours pinned in that vehicle with one of the dead boys wedged against her somehow where she couldn't get out, and that may have saved her life. If she could have got out, she likely would have got out and froze to death,' he said.
The group had reportedly been hanging out with some other friends in Centennial Park desert near the Arizona-Utah border on Tuesday to celebrate Nakita's 18th.
The friends that left the party earlier became concerned when the second group were not in school the next morning.
Police were only called when that group then backtracked the route they took home and discovered the overturned vehicle.
'At that time of night, there was ungodly high winds and so visibility probably wasn’t great out there in the middle of the desert on a dirt road,' Chief Deputy McCabe told KUTV.
'We are trying to put together a good timeline. The car clearly failed to negate a turn, went over the turn, high sided on the barrier and rolled. What contributed to that is part of the investigation,' he continued.
One of the clearest possibilities is intoxication, as beer cans were found nearby, but they have not officially ruled that as the cause of the crash.
'There were beer cans found out at the scene so we're going to be looking at that, but we won't really know be able to make that determination for sure until we have a toxicology report from the medical examiner’s office,' Mr McCabe told Fox13 News.
According to Jamison Timpson's Facebook profile, he had a young daughter that he called 'a freaking angel'.
All of the passengers lived in the twin cities of Colorado City in Arizona and Hildale in Utah.
Hildale is well-known for being the headquarters of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, an extreme offshoot of Mormonism that promotes polygamy.
The group's leader, Warren Jeffs, was arrested in 2006 following a massive criminal investigation for his involvement in multiple cases of incest and rape.
Originally published 8th March 2012
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