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11/7/2012 6:00:00 AM
Motorcycle wreck kills one Monday night
Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

A 19-year-old Kingman man was ticketed but is not expected to be criminally charged following an automobile accident that killed a 43-year-old man early Monday evening.

Jimmy Wayne Boblett Jr. died after being airlifted to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas following the accident on Gordon Drive at Powell Avenue just after 6 p.m.

Kingman Police Capt. Rusty Cooper said Shawn M. Marcus was eastbound on Gordon in a 1998 Ford Ranger truck when he turned left into the path of a Yamaha motorcycle driven by Boblett.

Boblett, who was wearing a helmet, was semi-conscious at the scene, according to Kingman Fire Battalion Chief Bill Johnston.

Marcus was cited for failure to yield but no additional charges are expected, Cooper said. He added that there is no indication of drug or alcohol impairment for either party.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012
Article comment by: No More

They should outlaw motorcycles all together. They are unsafe on the road. Something to consider. I know people love to ride their motorcycles but too many tragedies have happened. RIP Boblett

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: rafael chavez

i disagree with most of the comments that i read about not seeing them or being in their blind spots! there is no blind spots u can move ur head around objects u just dont want to i have lived in this town for over 6 years i have seen alot of impatient drivers all over this town i was in the turning lane to go pick up my daughter from her school and the lady behind me honked her horn becuz i didnt turn i could not see the traffic comin from the other way becuz a large vehicle was blockin my view so i told her to shut up that i wasnt gonna be one of the people to kill another biker in this town!!! i myself ride a motorcycle everytime i ride or even walk in this town i fear for my life even in parkin lots its not safe!!!

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012
Article comment by: To big Dan Boblett and anyone else with an opinion

If you KNEW the Bible, you would know he is already FORGIVEN. How about instead you and I pray for peace for both families?

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Article comment by: Big dan Boblett

To the young man who caused my nephews death I know my nephew would have forgiven you. But can you forgive yourself? If you cant forgive yourself do one favor for the Boblett family open up the bible and search out jesus love. For I know he forgives you if you ask for forgiveness. PS. Ask his family to forgive you and I know they will. MAY GOD BLESS YOU. To my family I LOVE YOU with all my hart. Big Dan Boblett.

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

The Lord has a plan for everyone, we may not know what it is and may not understand it, but he does have a grand plan. My thoughts and prayers go to all the family and friends for their loss. Lord please comfort and soothe Jimmy's spirt as it enters your kingdom and ease the pain of the family, Lord watch over the family and help them through this troubling time continue to guide them down your path and may Jimmy's spirit rest in peace. Amen

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Article comment by: more awareness needed .

I also don't know either party involved. My condolences to the family, and I feel sad for the driver. There has been so many deaths with people riding motorcycles in the last few months-the pastor and the couple.(to name a few) I also notice so many motorcyle drivers do not wear helmets and proper gear. (I know it's not the law here) Drivers and riders need to slow down and pay attention to their surroundings.

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Article comment by: SNC CNS

Being unattached to either of the parties involved I would have to say my thoughts and prayers go out to both families. I know grief and loss and I am so sad that this family had to lose thier husband, father, brother, but I do feel this was just an accident and this young man will have to live with the thought of having killed someone for his entire life as well. It's sad on both sides and I am not taking either. Accidents happen, it was a terrible accident.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

If the police said it was an accident and no drugs or alcohol were a factor then i think everyone should leave shawn alone.. Bikers are hard to see especially in a blind ...

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Ashley Hancock

My condolences to the family of the past one, but some of the comments that have been left shouldn't be on here! Accidents happen everyday it isn't like Shawn purposely ran into him with the intent to kill him. So don't try to sit here and put all the blame on him. Kingman is full of blind spots!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Bryan H

Jeri- Chris & I heard about the tragic accident yesterday. We are really heartbroken by your loss. As your old neighbors across the street we enjoyed good times together and our children enjoyed playing with your kids. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and all of your family. Godspeed Jimmy, you were a great guy, neighbor & father.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Roxane Mazurkiewicz

How many riders have to be killed before the law steps up and holds people accountable? My heart goes out to the Boblett family, you are in my prayers.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Mona and Don Butcher

Jeri . Your Family is in our prayers. I wish I could say something to relieve your loss. I do believe that when an accident occurs.officers should do an alcohol , and blood draw on site. not wait until , they get to the hospital. its to late , humans make mistakes and forget.just because a person is conscious at the time. Complications do arise. person should be held.24 hours. According to the News Paper Marcus turned in front of Boblett. I'm having a problem vehicles going straight have the right away. when turning you wait. have the rules changed.?

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Lynn Ivins

Jeez! I guess a biker has no value in Mohave County! The last year alone I have heard of so many being killed and nothing happens to the driver that hit and killed them. My heart goes out to this young man and his family.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Rick Shelby

"Kimmi's Law" made no headway in the Arizona Legislature. Kimmi Chapman, a biker advocate was killed and her partner is still in a wheel chair 1-1/2 years after the event. The perp just went to trial and was found guily of failure to yeild, causing death or injury. Small fine, home confinement instead of jail. If a child or mother were killed as a result of two cars colliding I think that the charges and punishment would be far different. The mentality here in AZ and across the nation is: kill a biker, get a ticket...maybe.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Mike Carter

As a citizen, I am appalled that the driver nor the incident is not being investigated further for criminal charges.
However, knowing Jimmy, he would have forgiven the driver and hope we would have done the same.
Jeri and family: Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@Just Wondering

"Judging by the time the accident occured, I wonder if the sun was a factor."

Well, since the article said the accident happened around 6pm, and Mr Marcus was heading eastbound, I would say no. Not a chance.

R.I.P. Jimmy. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Mary .

While it was a failure to yield which took Jimmy away from us a Failure to Yield is how he taught us to live. I know he would not want us to yield in our lives.
Do not give way to negative thoughts
Never give up on your goals
Do not defer your plans live life to its fullest at every given moment.
By no means surrender your position stand up for what you believe in all ways.
Do not succumb to pain push through it and you will come out stronger.
Never give in. If you can’t make it through one way then find another route.
Never accept less than happiness do whatever it takes to be happy and bring happiness to everyone around you.
Please always watch out for and yield to motorcyclists.
The fact that drivers often fail to see motorcycles is well-documented. There are no fender benders when you fail to yield to a motorcycle.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Debi Ochoa

Jeri,Odette,Jim, Eric,Michael,Amanda, and Alisha,

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: ANGRY .

Webmaster can you please find out how many people have been injured or killed on these roads at or off of RT 66.
This is so senseless.

Jeri and family...we are praying for you. He will always be a part of who we are today.

[I've forwarded your comment to the newsroom. -- Web Admin]

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Just Wondering

Judging by the time the accident occured, I wonder if the sun was a factor. Also, how many blind intersections do we have in Kingman and surrounding areas. Between fences, trees and bushes, and parked cars how many of us have to inch into traffic just to see if anything is coming.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Isaac Asbury

Jimmy I will miss you and your smile, April and I are here for your family. You have been a long time friend thank you for the memories. Jim, Odette,Jeri,Mike and Eric all my love...

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Tragic and sad

My sympathy and thoughts for strength go out to Mr Boblett's family, friends, coworkers for such a tragic loss in their lives.
I just don't understand how someone can cause the death of another, while behind the wheel, (yes accidents happen) but only get a ticket??!!! This is the 4th bike fatality in as many months, due too...oops, I wasn't paying attention, didn't see them, wasn't watching...etc Where are the consequences for these actions??! Seems only the victim and their family pay the ultimate cost? If people have as many gun accidents that result in death, as inattentive car drivers causing deaths, then can we say, oops, didn't mean to shoot into that house, or car or school bus, because I wasn't paying attention, you can bet, manslaughter charges in the least would be involved. A car should be considered a deadly weapon and you need to be aware...always...of where you're pointing it!! This town lost a good man, let's not lose anymore this way, please!!!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: leroy asplin

JIMMY'S SMILE will be missed by many. GREAT MAN, GREAT DAD. AND MOST OF ALL A GREAT HUSBAND..............

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Craig White

I thought riding a motorcycle in So. Cal. was scarey.......Then I moved to Kingman. I am shocked at how many traffic accidents occure in this town involving motorcycles and people making left turns.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: wendy e

Jeri- My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family-Wendy

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