Three members of Texas family killed in Arizona head-on collision

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by MATT GOODMAN / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 8:53 PM

A head-on collision along a remote highway about 100 miles north of Phoenix took the lives of three members of an Allen family, said an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman. 

James Lee Stryker, 56, Rebecca Simpson Stryker, 60, and Travis Stryker, 16, all died in the collision. Austin Stryker, 16, was injured but survived. Arizona DPS spokesman Raul Garcia said a 2013 Chevrolet four-door sedan crossed into oncoming traffic while driving on the Arizona State Route 89A at 2:11 p.m. Tuesday and struck the Stryker family in their 2012 Dodge van. 

The three died at the scene while the injured occupants were taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center north of the collision. Mr. Stryker was behind the wheel.  Garcia said the driver of the sedan was Charlotte Ramos, a 38-year-old from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. She and her passenger were seriously injured. 

A third vehicle was also involved but the driver sustained no injuries. 

Arizona State Route 89A is a 50-mile stretch of highway that takes drivers through Red Rock and Slide Rock state parks, bypassing Interstate 17. It begins about 115 miles north of Phoenix and ends five miles south of Flagstaff. 

The collision caused officials to shut down the highway for more than six hours, Garcia said. The incident is under investigation and impairment has not been ruled out. As of Wednesday morning, no charges have been filed. 

Editor's note: Arizona DPS initially said Ramos was from St. Thomas, Virginia. She is from the Virgin Islands. The story has been corrected. 

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