KINGMAN - It was a few weeks before Christmas in 2007 when Victor Rounseville spoke to his sister Annette about her holiday plans.
Annette informed him that her car wasn't working and that her mode of transportation was her bicycle. Rounseville agreed that he would drive from his home in Phoenix to pick her up in Kingman and bring her back to his place for Christmas.
That was the last conversation Rounseville had with his sister.
A few days after the phone conversation, Annette was killed in a hit-and-run accident while riding her bicycle home from the store.
"I was just riding home. I was only riding home." That was the last sentence Annette said when detectives from the Mohave County Sheriffs office arrived at the scene on Melody Street near the intersection of John L Avenue on the evening of Dec. 12.
"The next thing I knew, I got a call from my dad saying that she was involved in an accident and that she was being flown to Las Vegas," Rounseville said. "By the time I got to Las Vegas, it went from somewhat good to she is not going to make it."
Rounseville returns to Kingman today, five years and five months after his sister's death, to honor her and the other cyclists who have been killed or injured while riding bicycles on public roadways with the Ride of Silence.
He will join the tens of thousands nationwide for the 11th annual event to raise awareness that motorists need to share the road with cyclists.
"Losing somebody is always hard. We do miss her," Victor said. "She was a nice person. She was a good person to have around."
The ride starts at 7 p.m. at Kingman Academy Middle School on the corner of Beverly and Harrison roads and takes riders south on Harrison Road until they get to Andy Devine Avenue. From there, they will take a right on Andy Devine until they reach Johnson Avenue, then turn right onto Johnson and then right onto Stockton Hill Road until they reach Airway. Riders will then make a right on Airway and another right back on Harrison until they return to KAMS.
This is the first time that Rounseville will ride in the event that is put on by Bonnie Tomlin, who lost her husband, Dick, in 2005 after he was struck by an RV and killed while riding his bicycle on Route 66 near the airport.
Annette was 46 when she lost her life on Dec. 16, 2007 in a Las Vegas hospital after her accident.
At the time of her death, she was working as an associate professor at Mohave Community College, teaching art and history classes.
Rounseville recalled his sister as gifted in her artwork - she made bowls and painted - and as a good conversationalist and a good debater.
Those debates could get pretty heated, he said.
"She would get a little more heated then me, but I was able to bring her back down. Some of my other brothers couldn't, but I could," Rounseville said.
MCCO never made any arrests in the hit and run and according to Rounseville, the only thing the family knew was the car was turquoise and it hit her from behind without stopping to render aid.
"Had she gotten to the hospital a little faster, then they might've been able to do something," Rounseville said. "But to hit someone and just leave them there, to me that that's the hardest part.
"To find out that someone hit your sister and they just left her there."