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5/7/2013 6:00:00 AM
Motorcycle crashes kill two over weekend
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Motorcycle accidents claimed the lives of two Kingman residents in separate weekend incidents.

A 13-year-old Kingman boy was killed Sunday in an off-road collision with his older brother.

According to Kingman Police Capt. Rusty Cooper, Joshua Graffius was riding in a desert area near Calumet Avenue and North Sage Street with his brother and friends.

Graffius' older brother, 15, jumped his motorcycle off of a berm and landed on his younger brother, who rode into his path at about 2:20 p.m.

A Kingman Fire Department spokesman said both brothers were traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the accident.

Graffius was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center, where he later died. His brother was also transported to KRMC with a broken leg.

Cooper said no criminal charges would be filed and that both brothers were wearing protective gear.

"The cause of the collision is a tragic accident," he said in an email.

On Friday, the driver of a 1996 Chevrolet Caprice failed to stop at a stop sign at Monroe Street and Louise Avenue, striking Sky Christian Duey, 20, who was killed.

The 77-year-old woman could face charges, but alcohol was not a factor, according to Cooper.

Duey was riding west on a Yamaha off-road motorcycle when the woman struck him.

According to a spokesman with the Kingman Fire Department, Duey sustained serious injuries throughout his body, especially his head.

He was transported to KRMC, where he later died. Duey was not wearing a helmet.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: ROBERT MARQUEZ II

Hey "Just Saying"
Where were you during this accident? I can assure you the parents were in the area during this and "Just Saying" comments are of no relevance nor do they contribute to the better of this ordeal.
Robert M. Marquez II
Former Kingman Resident
Virginia Beach Virginia USA

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: original southsider

What a tragedy for both families and my prayers are with them.

@just saying- you're a very insensitive person and not well timed.

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: Anon Anon


Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: Jack A. Lope

dear just saying, you are kidding ... right??? very inapriate ... they were 13 and 15, being 13 and 15 yo boys.

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: Stephanie Olander

The Graffius boys' mother and grandparents are everything any child could hope for. Those kids are treasured beyond measure and afforded incredible opportunities to really live! I don't wonder where the supervision was. I know if they were allowed to do anything then they were trained to do it safely. This was an ACCIDENT. Boys being boys, but an accident. Please actually ask a question and wait for an answer instead of 'Just Sayin'. You don't want to add insult to injury do you?

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: paula ross

I didn't know any of these young boys, yet my heart is filled with sorrow. may u rest in peace angels..god gives these families strength to get through their hardship.

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: Khursten Oliver

josh i miss u very much

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: Hollie's Mom

This is so sad. Josh was my daughters best friend. He made her so happy just being around, walking her to class, singing to her, giving her hugs, making her laugh. He loved her, and she loved him.
Try as I might, I can't comfort her in her grief, because there is such a huge hole in her life right now.
Parents, hold your children close. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.
God bless everyone in their grief. It is so hard when they go so young. We will try to find comfort knowing that they are in Jesus' arms.

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