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3/22/2013 6:01:00 AM
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This two-vehicle accident slowed traffic to a crawl for 30 minutes on Interstate 40 west of Kingman Thursday morning. According to Golden Valley Fire officials, an AAA medical transport taxi rear-ended a four-door Hyundai sedan. The 21-year-old female driver of the Hyundai was flown by helicopter to University Medical Center in Las Vegas and two people in the van were transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Article comment by: Tessa Ann

Craig Shumard
Just want to tell you thank you so much for all you did for me. I am the girl that got hit and I can not express how thankful I am that you were there to help me in my time of need. Thank you for praying for me I appreciate it I was able to make a full recovery and Im doing very well. Thankyou every one that helped.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: Grateful Mom

Craig Shumard I want to say thank you and God bless you for stopping to help. That girl in the silver car is my daughter. She called me the day of the accident at 5pm. We went to the hospital in Las Vegas and then found out she was flown there. I had no idea how bad the accident was until my husband and i went to get her belongings out of her car. It is a miracle she survived and that everyone involved is ok.

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: Stephanie Harvel

Well do you guys believe everything you read! How do you really know she was goining in reverse?!? The truth will come out about that driver that smashed into her and you will all feel awful about it!
@Craig Shumard Also im glad to know there are still good people out there thank you so much she will be glad to hear!

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: az chic

@craig shumard thank for praying for her. It really means a lot. I go to school with her. We r all thankful that she is alive. God was def watching over her that day. Thank you all for your prayers for my friend and classmate

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Article comment by: ill find out

I must ride the AAA med transports with my old man quite frequently due to us not having transportation and him having to go to Dr's appointments quite often and we know most of the drivers so the next AAA ride we take, ill ask the driver and get better details.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: Craig Shumard


Not sure who caused what, but am glad to hear that the girl in the silver car, and everyone else, is alive. I was there at the crash right after it happened and after breaking the drivers side window to get to her I did what I could to help the girl in the car. At first I was not going to stop because the car looked so bad, but then decided I had to try and help. Me and another guy tryed our best to keep her upright and breathing. I just kept telling her she would be OK and to keep breathing. She only opened her eyes briefly a few times. I have to say that after seeing the car I was pleasantly surprised to hear she made it. It may not be what she wants to hear, but please let her know I was praying for her in the car, and still am. I hope she makes a full recovery.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: SNC CNS

Yes, thankfully she is alive, and that the others are as well. She could have killed someone or herself by backing up. What a very poor decision. Maybe next time she will continue to drive and safely turn around to get back on track. Sheesh.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: biker randy

@ Stephanie Harvel.............sorry for the mistaken wrecked car color. Looking @ the pic the car looks a light blue to me.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: R .

I agree with Butch Meriwether's statement, the damage shown in the picture is not consistent with that of a vehicle traveling in the same direction as the car that struck it. The damage is clearly caused by two vehicles traveling in opposite directions.

@Sante Fe Jay- And who cares if he was driving a little Vespa scooter? I mean really, who cares? This story has nothing to do with that but you tried to turn it into a battle of machismo by demeaning biker randy. I've been riding for 25 years, I've owned Harley's and scooters...Maxi and Vespa style alike. If it's got two wheels and a motor, I dig 'em and I'll ride 'em. So what? Why not battle who's more of a biker based on who has more tattoos or who owns more leather riding gear...are we in 3rd grade?

Anyway, in conclusion, I'm glad to read this young lady is recovering.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: Stephanie Harvel

Hello all for your information you should not talk ill about someone in a terrible accident also this is my best friend!!!! The car is SILVER not blue so guess you all are wrong about the car you saw! Thankfully she is alive!!!!

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: az chic

I just want to say that I personally know the girl in the "silver" car and she is doing ok. I am glad that everyone is ok. I'm not going into details but she is stabilized at home with family who is watching over her

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: Sante Fe Jay

RE: Biker Randy. No need to get all defensive. I was just trying to point out that the "non biker" who reads your post would picture a small scooter (like you see in Europe). The average person see's either a true motorcycle or a small scooter. The average person would classify your maxi-scooter as more of a motorcycle. BTW...I never questioned your riding experience. Now as for me since you wanted to know: Mini bikes as a small kid (early 1970's), raced motocross all through my 20's (1980's), dual sport riding (mid-late 1990's). Got into Street bikes in 2000. Honda F-3 the first couple of years, then cruiser bikes (all Harleys) since then. Not sure what riding skills we would compare, since we both have many years experience at riding (and are still alive to talk about it). Stay safe riding down Stockton Hill brother rider.

Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Article comment by: biker randy

@santa fe jay..........I have ridden bikes for 50 years. How long have you? I have ridden all over this USA. At my age I own 3 Mcs and 3 maxi-scooters. Maxi-scooters are freeway legal. That is what I was riding this time. Any time you want to compare riding skills, let me know.

Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Article comment by: Santa fe Jay

DESERT GIRL........So in your world, nobody drives slower than the posted speed limit EVER ????

BIKER RANDY.......It's great to talk "Biker Talk" around other bikers (like myself), but seriously, 98 out of 100 people who read your post now think you ride a little Vespa.

TOTHE PERSON WHO REPLIED TO BIKER RANDY'S POSTING WITH OUT A NAME.......Really? (Shaking head) Do you not think that Randy could not have maybe recognized the car color, general shape and size of the car in the picture? Maybe remembers that a single female was driving the car he passed (dodged) Maybe remembers all of this taking place on the same day of the week and general time of day this all took place? Wow... Please tell us that you actually pay attention to your surroundings when you drive your car on public streets .

Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Article comment by: Truck driver Toman

I don't know the circumstances of this accident but I do know most of the AAA medic drivers are safe as for the other driver she had to be going to slow for the highway she was on. as for the damage to the car I think that should fall on the manufacture. cars have a crumple zone for protection but that is a little off I think. stop being so quick to blame. the signs say merge. that means pick your spot accelerate and move into position and if you are doing that and the person in front of you decides to yield at the last second because they are to scared to move into traffic this is what happens. get your facts right before you lay blame.

Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Article comment by: biker randy

@RE:biker randy...........I don't know for sure it's the same car but never have I seen a car driver driving so slow on a 75 mph highway before with no caution blinkers on. Sure I look ahead but suddenly this slow car starts a distance away and before you know it, it's right in front of you!! I also noticed it was driven by a woman when I passed it. I'd like to hear what the AAA car driver says happened.

Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Article comment by: Butch Meriwether

I heard that officials on the scene stated that the woman driver of the little blue car had been heading to Las Vegas, but missed the off ramp so she stopped in the middle of the freeway and began backing up in the wrong direction so she could get back to the off ramp. This is when the AAA Crown Victoria car slammed into the rear of the blue car.

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: mo co biker

i follow those aaa cars every day to work and home in bullhead, seldom if ever do i see them speeding. 1/2 the time they got a line of traffic behind them because everyone thinks they are comming up on az dps... buit the people that pull out and dont accel up to speed are another story... good luck to all injured.

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: RE: Biker Randy

How the world could you assume the slow moving car you came up behind and the one in this article are the same car????? Don't you look ahead to see if the roadway is clear before you throttle it up to 70 mph??

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: biker randy

I almost plowed into that slow moving blue car on my scooter yesterday !! I had just came on I-40 going west from Andy Devine doing 70mph around the Stockton Hill overpass in the right lane when suddenly I come up on a really slow moving car. I barely missed it. I guestimate she was going 30 mph. I just shook my helmet after missing her. If I had plowed into her I wouldn't be alive today and she would hardly have felt my impact.

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Desert Girl

I am wondering how fast the AAA vehicle was traveling when it plowed into the rear of the vehicle? If the small car was doing the speed limit, the AAA vehicle must have been doing over 100 mph.

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Oh my

Thank God she had no babies in that backseat, they would have never made it.

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