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12/27/2013 6:02:00 AM
Christmas Eve collision kills one in Golden Valley
BUTCH MERIWETHER/CourtesyTwo vehicles were destroyed Christmas Eve when a Bullhead City man for unknown reasons was driving the wrong way on Highway 68 in Golden Valley. The wreck killed Whitney Michael Davis, 30, and seriously injured three occupants in the truck he hit.
Two vehicles were destroyed Christmas Eve when a Bullhead City man for unknown reasons was driving the wrong way on Highway 68 in Golden Valley. The wreck killed Whitney Michael Davis, 30, and seriously injured three occupants in the truck he hit.

A 30-year-old Bullhead City man was killed Tuesday in a head-on collision with a pickup on Highway 68 near milepost 23.

Whitney Michael Davis was driving eastbound in the westbound lane when his compact car struck a pickup truck. Both vehicles were roughly traveling at the 55 mph speed limit.

Davis was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup and his passengers were transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center in serious but stable condition. One passenger was ultimately transported to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia.

According to Golden Valley Fire Department photographer and Kingman Daily Miner blogger Butch Meriwether, the debris field from the crash extended more than 50 yards along both travel lanes and adjacent to the highway.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014
Article comment by: G V b

I would like to see the likes of you survive in So. Ca. where I lived and worked until 5 years ago! You so called "experts" wouldn't survive a week on Los Ageles's Freeway system.

The problem with the highway system out here is simply lack of proper traffic control and those who consistently drive excessive speeds.

Posted: Sunday, January 5, 2014
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

Bobcat dude.....let me know when you are on the roadway so I can stay way far away from you.

I have driven Hwy 68 for more years than I can remember and have never had a wreck. Close calls, yes indeed. BUT I do drive defensively and watch what other drivers are doing before I have to evade them coming at me head on.

There is no design flaw of the highway, it is 99.999%of the time the drivers that cause accidents out there.

Funny thing is all these brand new cars on the highway and the turn signals don't work on nearly 80% of them.

Posted: Sunday, January 5, 2014
Article comment by: Me To bobcat

It is not normal to be in car wrecks constantly and maybe instead of complaining about traffic control and what ppl aren't doing to fix it you should be looking at how you drive. I never get in car wrecks and many other ppl don't either. So you should look at yourself and how you're driving. And yes I drive on hwy 68 as well.

Part of not getting into car wrecks is observing and preventing and reacting. If your driving currectly stop assuming everyone else is and pay attention. Then react accordingly when a vehicle does something stupid like driving towards you in your lane.

The man who died and caused the wreck may have been having other issues unknown at this point. Maybe he was having a stroke or some other medical issue in which he was unable to control what he was doing. You ppl need to stop assuming and find out true facts before pointing out how dumb you rly are and how poorly you drive.

Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014
Article comment by: Route 66 Driver

Maybe we should all obey the about that for a solution? I travel Rte 66 every day. It is posted at a speed limit of 65 mph. I go 65 and am passed like I was standing still and the the passer swerves in front of me to miss oncoming traffic. A simple thing but it is a limit, not a suggestion. 3 broken windshields this winter alone and why? Because of " the law does not apply to me" fools behind the wheel. It's about time to grow up and act responsibly behind the wheel whether you drink, do drugs, smoke pot, use a cell phone while driving, run a red light, disobey other laws, exercise your stupid muscle or consider limits only suggestions.

Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Article comment by: G V Bobcat

Another death, another statistic. How many more deaths will it take before something is done about HWY 68? I myself have had 2 cars totaled within the last 3 years. Lucky for me I was driving former police interceptors. Had I been driving a small compact car, the results would have been quite different

My last accident was in Dec. At the scene I asked a Az. DOT person at the scene what does it take to get some traffic control. He shrugged me off. I live in GV and regularlly travel 68 My car has a calibrated speedometer. I often clock others in excess of 65 - 70 mph along the section where it is posted 55. No wonder we have such horrible wrecks! "The estimated speed of both vehicles was 55 mph." Given the difference in size of the vehicles, the truck sustained less damage. Non-the-less, if there were periodic traffic controlled intersections, the likelihood of someone being on the wrong side of the road would have been greatly diminished. The rest of you can rant and rave about texting while driving, ect. ect. The fact remains that HWY 68 between BHC and King man is a DEATH HWY!!!! Again, How many more have to die before there is traffic lights to control the traffic?

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Article comment by: @concerned citizen carefree mouth

@ concerned citizen!!! how do u know that this young man was driving and texting? is this just something u conjured up in ur own mind? who are you to say what has happened if u weren't there....or tht ur a relative!!! shame on you....I wish both families peace, and don't respond to concerned citizens unless they ae really concerned....god bless both families

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen

This is what happens When people text and drive. All the money his friends and ruff riders group are raising for his family, half should go to the family who he seriously injured.

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013
Article comment by: George Beldon

Minutes before this crash, in the same exact spot as this wreck, I witnessed a DPS officer doing the exact same thing, he was not running code. I contacted Mohave County Sheriffs dept dispatch to complain about it. This accident is a message to Arizona Highway Patrol....STOP BREAKING THE LAW IN PURSUIT OF YOUR DEPT'S OWN MADE UP PROCEDURES. You are going to get someone killed.

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