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11/4/2010 6:00:00 AM
Boy dies in I-40 crash
Kingman Fire Department/CourtesyFirefighters used the “Jaws of Life” to extricate a 48-year-old Gold Canyon man from his truck after he lost control and was struck by an SUV on Interstate 40 Tuesday night. The man’s 14-year-old son died in the crash.
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Firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” to extricate a 48-year-old Gold Canyon man from his truck after he lost control and was struck by an SUV on Interstate 40 Tuesday night. The man’s 14-year-old son died in the crash.

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - A 14-year-old Gold Canyon boy was killed after his father lost control of their truck and the vehicle was struck by an SUV on Interstate 40 Tuesday night.

The boy is identified as Nicolas Granata. His father, 48-year-old Paul Granata, was behind the wheel of a 2003 Toyota pickup truck towing another Toyota on westbound I-40 around 7:45 p.m. According to police and fire officials, the vehicle being towed became unattached, which caused Granata to lose control of his truck.

The truck hit the right guardrail and then the center median before coming to a rest horizontally in the roadway.

The truck was then struck by a 2006 black GMC Yukon SUV driven by a 44-year-old Las Vegas man.

Department of Public Safety Spokesman Robert Bailey said the 14-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the truck. He was declared dead at the scene.

His father, who was also not wearing a seatbelt, had to be extricated from the truck. He was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.

The driver of the SUV was wearing a seatbelt and received only minor injuries.

Westbound lanes were closed for three hours after the accident until reopening around 10:45 p.m.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011
Article comment by: Nicki Moad

To the Granata family, you have our heartfelt condolences for the tragic loss of Nico. I have a 14 year old daughter and would be at a loss if I lost her. As for V. Stokes, I will pray for you that you keep your sharp tongue silent in times when a family is grieving their loss and hope you never have to experience the pain they are experiencing.

Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Article comment by: Michael Nicoletti

Will always be in ours hearts, till our days is here. Nico was my friend when he came to gold canyon we would become best friends him and his dad taught me how to ride a 2-stroke dirt bike, i have the best experience someone could ask for i love you nico...

Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2010
Article comment by: Kayla Birdsong

Nico was a good friend..I was in his 6th period class..And i hugged him everyday b4 and after class.He was so cool and crazy, But he was always there if you needed him..You will always be remembered Nico...Ill miss you!! I love you!!

Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2010
Article comment by: clarissa ackermann

Nico was and still is the greatest person I've ever met and th nicest
He would make everyone feel better no matter how bad he felt
I'm gonna miss u sooooo much
I love you nico
R.I.P. we all miss you


Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010
Article comment by: Brittany Private

nico i love you! it was a shame for you to die this way. i cry for you everyday. you were a great person, you never began your life yet, you had so much ahead of you. you will be missed and never forgotten! you will be safe with my mom up in heaven! i love you nico

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Article comment by: jason hrabe

nico u were a good friend to me u will always be in my heart rip u will be missed

Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Article comment by: Kyle Lavelle

me and nico were good friends since 3rd grade and when it comes to this i witch it was a dream nico ur always in my heart

Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010
Article comment by: Tracy Perrin

To the family of Nico:

I knew Nico when he lived out here in Illinois. His family are Scouts with my boys. Nico was a great kid....so smart, caring, and just all around smiles! He helped my oldest (who is 11) a lot in school and with scouts...and he was a complete animal lover! I can really see him giving his life to save his dog....and that is how I see it. I never met Paul, but from what I heard, he was a good man. Nico will forever be in our hearts. I am so sorry he lost his life before it even really began.

Hug your children everyday....tomorrow is not promised to anybody.


Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010
Article comment by: Old lady in the desert

I am sorry for the family of young Nicholas. You have my heart felt sympathy.

V. Stokes, you have no idea of the circumstances. How dare you!?!


Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010
Article comment by: Some Words Better Left Unsaid

In a tragedy such as this...it is pretty sad that such comments have to be posted, especially as it appears that the article was incorrect as to how the accident occurred. I read some of the comments on some of the reported news..and it seems the some of the same people have nothing but negative comments!!

Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010
Article comment by: Karen Furr

(Your comment will be e-mailed to a family member. -Mark)

Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010
Article comment by: A K

My thoughts and prays go out to this young man family and friends to fine the strength to get thru things one day at a time. As for you V. Stokes I do not know how old you are, however you really seem like a cold bitter person. I do not know the Family who lost their son. What I know is weather he wore a seat belt or not it is tragic that God took him before he had a full life and nothing could have stopped it not even a seat belt. This is a very sad, depressing time for this young man family and friends and they deserve more respect from others. If you have nothing but accussing statements to make keep them to your self.



Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010
Article comment by: brandyn kohm

All i have to say left is neither paul or nico are the blame tragic accidents occur. everything happens for a reason and whats done is whats done. nico and paul are both heros. nico will always be remember. and the family has my prayers.

Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010
Article comment by: brandyn kohm

Kathy i do wanna tell you thank you from a family freind and for the family its much appreciated. and as for anyone other than family or freinds we understand seatbelts are important. but ill put my word and life tht the father will never put a key in and ignition with out everyone belted in. in the seven yrs ive known the family thats there number one rule. nico was a hero and always will be in my book. he was out the vechile. so god bless him and his family. send my prayers to buddy to return home.

Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010
Article comment by: Richard Lee

Dianna, I would like to suggest in kindness that you refrain from reading comments about this. People can be thoughtless and cruel, and you have enough pain to deal with.
In regards to your departed loved ones:
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

My condolences.


Posted: Sunday, November 7, 2010
Article comment by: Dianna Granata

Again, Nico had his seat belt on when the truck went off the road. He got out and another vehicle hit his father's car. We think he went back to the car for his dog after he got out of the car. He was only 14 years old. Please don't imply he was responsible for his own death.

Posted: Sunday, November 7, 2010
Article comment by: jakob marx

forget u guys that was my FREAHIN BEST FRIEND SO SHUTUP ABOUT I HUH!!!

Posted: Saturday, November 6, 2010
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ T Stennentt

Where did I say anything that shouldn't be said?

I'll say it again...even if it MAY not apply here....
SEATBELTS, SEATBELTS, SEATBELTS!

Young people think the airbags will save them...they won't!

If you get out of a vehicle after an accident...then get off the road!

I just hate seeing young lives (or older lives) cut short by bad choices.


Posted: Saturday, November 6, 2010
Article comment by: Kingman Christian

Paul and Dianna, your world has been turned upside-down and the joy of your family taken away. I have been praying for you. May God bring comfort at this incredibly hard time.

Posted: Saturday, November 6, 2010
Article comment by: Kathy Esquerra

Why does the Miner feel the need to post a picture of an accident where a child lost his life. A mother and father lost their precious son. The father will have this etched in his mind forever because he was there. If his mother wasnt there, do you think she needs to see what it looked like. So she too can imagine what her son went through. Please Mohave Daily Miner, keep in mind this young man belong to someone, He was and is loved by I'm sure alot of people that doesnt need this visual. My heart goes out to all of his family. I pray that the good Lord helps you cope with your loss.

Posted: Friday, November 5, 2010
Article comment by: T Stennett

V Stokes- Did you ever hear the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover?" The same goes for news articles...just because they put it in print doesn't make it true.

Posted: Friday, November 5, 2010
Article comment by: Dianna Granata

Please, please post a correction to the article. Nicolas was not in the truck when it was hit. He had already exited the vehicle. This gives the impression that my family members were not belted in, Paul would not even start his car engine if any passengers were not belted in.



Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2010
Article comment by: Dianna Granata

This story is all wrong. The occupants of the Toyota truck, Paul and Nicolas Granata were trying to get out of the truck when it was hit. They saw Yukon coming at them. Nicolas was already out of the truck and Paul was trying to get out when they were hit by the other car.

Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2010
Article comment by: V Stokes

GOOD LORD!
3 young people in less than a week!

They put those straps and buckles in the cars for a reason!!

Seatbelts, SEATbelts, SEATBELTS!!!!!




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