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10/18/2013 5:59:00 AM
Wrecks pile up around Kingman

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - Wednesday was a busy day for Kingman Police and a bad day for five motorists and one young bicyclist.

Kingman Police officers investigated a two-car collision on Stockton Hill Road and KRMC Drive at about 9:20 a.m. after a Golden Valley woman allegedly ran a red light and barreled her Ford van into a Toyota sedan driven by a 17-year-old Kingman resident.

Kimberly L. Bates, 35, was cited for failure to stop at a red light and for not wearing eyeglasses as required.

The side impact crash forced the teenager's car to slide onto the sidewalk. The teen complained of back and neck injuries and later sought medical attention.

At 4:15 p.m., KPD officers responded to the 3100 block of Stockton Hill Road after a Toyota sedan driven by a 26-year-old Kingman resident struck a 12-year-old riding his bike south on the northbound sidewalk.

The boy sustained minor injuries and was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center as a precaution.

No citation was issued. The KPD said the boy was at fault. Bicyclists are required to ride with traffic flow along the edge of the roadway. It is illegal to ride on sidewalks or against traffic.

About an hour later, KPD officers responded to a two-car crash and rollover on Burbank Street in front of the Mohave County Library.

Denishia Siyuja, 19, of Kingman was driving a 2002 Nissan SUV when she attempted to pass a Dodge SUV driven by a 27-year-old Kingman resident who was slowing to turn into the library.

The Dodge struck the Nissan as it turned.

The collision caused the Nissan to roll a full rotation.

Siyuja suffered serious cuts and abrasions and was transported to KRMC. She was cited for unsafe passing and the accident is under further investigation.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Article comment by: What the???

@ robert day:

Thats why its better riding on the sidewalk than to get hit by traffic. Some motorists just dont care! Also theres no formal law or ordinance that prohibits bicycles on sidewalks UNLESS its posted that way. Proper posting might and could go a little something like this: No Coasting Vehicles Allowed!

Also, on alot of streets in Kingman theres no such thing as formal or designated bike lanes. Most bike lanes that are in Kingman are the ones the cross the city and they do not follow along the streets as they should. When you ride on these particular bike lanes on your way to Safeway or Walmart or other parts of the city and the bike lane ends right at the street then what do you expect to do? Just stop right there and go no further since the only SAFE option would be the sidewalk?

Lastly, theres alot of us out there on bikes that has no other modes of transportation from one place to another.

Think about if it was YOU that happened to get hit by stupid motorists that are more in a hurry to get nowhere than to worry about your safety on that bike while riding OFF the sidewalks!


Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013
Article comment by: ROBERT DAY

SOUNDS TO ME THAT THE BOY WAS RIDING ON A SIDEWALK AND THROUGH A DRIVE WAY THAT EXITED ONTO THE STREET SO WHEN THE BOY REACHED MID DISTANCE OF THE DRIVEWAY THE CAR WAS EXITING A BUSINESS PARKING LOT IN WHICH THE DRIVERS VIEW WAS BLOCKED BY POSS. BUSINESS BUILDINGS SO HE NEVER SAW THE BOY CROSSING TILL IT WAS TOO LATE AND THAT FOLKS IS WHY THEY HAVE A NO RIDING OF BIKES ON SIDEWALKS

Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Article comment by: What the???

Actually when i ride my bike on the sidewalks i ALWAYS keep myself aware of my surroundings, whether its traffic in front of, behind me, at crossings OR pedestrians on the sidewalk, however, i just cant really say the same for the former. I have seen drivers out there that just didnt care how they drove to avoid a collision. As pedestrians and my bike on the sidewalks, IF i see them i usually just either go around them on the roadway or pull off onto a driveway or something until the pedestrians pass. As for coming up behind pedestrians, i have a horn on my bike so im usually on that about 30 feet before i get to the pedestrian OR i will just follow real slow until i come to a crossing in order to go around them. There are many, many ways to stay safe on a bicycle if you use common sense. However, i wish i could say the same regarding motorists.

Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

"No citation was issued". Therefore apparently, no one was doing something specifically against the law. There's an old saying (if I remember correctly) that what is not specifically prohibited is allowed. So though the law says you SHOULD ride with traffic, you cannot be cited for not doing so. However, if you are injured or involved in an accident due to your behavior, the other party is not at fault (provided they were not in violation of some other regulation).

Riding against traffic is just plain stupid, riding on sidewalks (as long as you give pedestrians and vehicles complete right of way) is ok in my book. As with every person on the road, assume no one sees you and they are all idiots and you should be fine.

Kids have a tendency to think everyone should watch out for them! Hopefully they learn before something tragic happens.


Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013
Article comment by: What the???

The boy was at fault for riding on the sidewalk?? I ride on the sidewalk all the time so i DONT get hit by traffic. Ive even had a few officers of the KPD tell me that riding on the sidewalks is a yes and a no, meaning youre not SUPPOSED to ride on the sidewalks, however, theres no law against it. And many officers of the KPD, SO and HP have seen many of bicyclists riding the sidewalks, including myself.

Also, on many of Kingmans streets there are no 'legal' bike lanes so the sidewalks are usually the safest and best option, especially on Stockton Hill and Andy Devine with the former being the worst. If it comes to getting hit by riding next to traffic, off the sidewalk, when theres no proper bike lanes indicated, then take a good guess what id rather do.

I think the Miner would be best looking into this further (about riding on the sidewalk being against the law) and try to provide either an ARS title or a city ordinance title. I have researched both in my law books as well as the ARS titles and city ordinances on the city website and found nothing saying its against any laws riding on sidewalks UNLESS its posted that way. However, there IS a law stating that bicyclists are supposed to ride WITH the flow of traffic.


Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013
Article comment by: a passerby

I saw this accident and the girl tried to stop and the car did not slide into the sidewalk the kid drove it up there to get out of the way people really need to get there story straight! quit making it sound so bad thats why this is an accident.

Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013
Article comment by: JUST SAYIN'

Siyuja Thankfully you were not KILLED on the spot @ 19 years old .......

Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013
Article comment by: Please Stop Bikes on Sidewalks

As a walker, I urge the police to be more proactive in enforcing the bike on sidewalks law. I don't see a problem when there is no one walking but I can tell you there have been numerous times I have been startled, bumped, or nearly ran over by bicyclist riding up behind me. The very least these law breakers can do is to call out "coming up behind you."



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