River Runner dies in mishap

New Mexico woman crashes motorcycle into pickups

JEFF POPE/Miner<br>
Police closed eastbound Airway Avenue on Thursday following a fatal motorcycle crash. Police said driver error caused a New Mexico woman on a motorcycle to collide with the gray Dodge Dakota first then into the gold Dodge Ram.

JEFF POPE/Miner<br> Police closed eastbound Airway Avenue on Thursday following a fatal motorcycle crash. Police said driver error caused a New Mexico woman on a motorcycle to collide with the gray Dodge Dakota first then into the gold Dodge Ram.

KINGMAN – A woman died from a severe head injury Thursday after the motorcycle she was driving collided with two pickup trucks. Police said she was in town for this weekend’s River Run activities.

Priscilla Burt, 51, of Belen, N.M., and a male driving another motorcycle were making a right turn from northbound Stockton Hill Road onto eastbound Airway Avenue when the man’s motorcycle stalled, according to police and witnesses.

Richard Cope of Golden Valley was sitting in the left-turn lane on Airway in his Dodge Ram 2500 pickup behind a gray Dodge Dakota waiting for the green light.

“She turned to avoid hitting the other bike and was headed for the front of the gray truck,” Cope said.

He said Burt turned hard, missing the front of the Dakota but striking the rear panel on the driver’s side. The collision threw her into the front of Cope’s truck.

Witnesses in the Cracker Barrel parking lot on Stockton Hill rushed to Burt.

Cope said a man started performing CPR on her.

“He must have been an EMT. He knew what he was doing,” Cope said.

Police said she was wearing a helmet but still suffered severe head trauma. Emergency medical crews responded and rushed her to Kingman Regional Medical Center where she died a short time later.

The accident occurred around 10:35 a.m. and police closed the eastbound lanes. The roadway reopened at 11:30 a.m.

Alcohol was not a factor but Burt’s inexperience as a rider did play a part, according to KPD Sgt. Rusty Cooper.

No other injuries were reported and the Dakota received minor damage.