Driver charged with murder
An Apache Junction teen was killed Saturday, Oct. 20 when a car he was riding in veered off of State Route 88 and rolled down an embankment.
The driver of the car survived the crash, but has been arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder.
According to a Department of Public Safety (DPS) Release Questionnaire, William Lindbo (23) was driving northbound on Apache Trail (SR 88) when he crossed the centerline, southbound lane and down a 20 ft. embankment at milepost 208. The car rolled and came to rest on its roof.
The front seat passenger, 16-year-old Andrew Karkutt was killed in the accident.
When DPS troopers arrived, Lindbo was outside of the vehicle with serious, but non life-threatening injuries. Lindbo had been helped out of the car earlier by a bystander.
According to the official report, Trooper T. Johnson “immediately noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Lindbo.”
The injured driver was transported by Superstition Fire & Medical District paramedics to a trauma center in Mesa where a blood alcohol test revealed that Lindbo’s BAC was .219, more than twice the legal limit. Lindbo was arrested after his release from the hospital.
The Apache Junction community was stunned by the loss of Andrew Karkutt, a student and athlete at Apache Junction High School. His coaches and Junior Varsity teammates honored him at the varsity game last Friday, when they walked his #16 jersey onto the field for the coin toss. The jersey was then presented to Karkutt’s family.
Photo above: An Apache Junction teen was killed when a car he was riding in veered off of State Route 88 and rolled down an embankment. SFMD photo