Fatal UTV crash claims teen passenger

Carsen Brown, 15, was killed Monday afternoon in a UTV crash during a fishing excursion. 

By Jon Johnson


GRAHAM COUNTY – A 15-year-old boy was pronounced deceased at the scene Monday afternoon, after the Polaris UTV he was riding in crashed.

According to a Graham County Sheriff’s Office news release, deputies were dispatched at about 4:49 p.m. to the area of Bigler Avenue, south of the Gila River and north of Norton Road in Central regarding a UTV crash.

Authorities and medical personnel located the crash site in a riverbed at the end of a farm access road north of Norton Road and west of Bigler Avenue.

Carsen Brown

According to the release, two juvenile males, ages 14 and 15, had gone to the area to fish. The Polaris was in a sandy, rocky area of the riverbed to the east of the trail road when it crashed, pinning the passenger, Carsen Brown. Neither the driver or Brown were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Brown was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver called 911 for help and was transported to Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The juveniles’ parents were notified of the incident and responded to the scene.

A gofundme campaign to help the family has been set up here.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 28, with a visitation from 9 – 10:30 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pima Stake Center, 341 West 450 South in Pima. Interment will be held Monday, July 30, in West Valley, Utah, at Valley View Memorial Park 4335 West 4100 South.

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.  Online condolences may be extended at www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com.