Bicyclist hurt in hit and run dies

For the third time in as many months, an individual lost her life following a hit and run accident in the Kingman area.

An unknown vehicle struck 46-year-old Annette Angela Rounseville of Kingman from behind while she was riding her bicycle on Melody Street and John L Avenue Wednesday. The Mohave County Sheriff's Office responded at 8:54 p.m. She was airlifted to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas.

"Rounseville did not survive her injuries, and she passed away on Sunday," said Trish Carter, MCSO public information specialist, in a news release.

Rounseville was traveling northbound on Melody Street when she was struck and thrown from her bicycle, Carter said. The driver of the vehicle then fled the scene.

"A reward up to $2,500 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this fatality," Carter said.

To help gather information, the Sheriff's posse members will be going door to door and distributing flyers. Contact the MCSO at 753-0753 or Silent Witness at (888) 227-8780 with any information.

3 in 3 months

Less than a month earlier, Joseph Michael Lortie was critically injured when a sedan hit the back of his motorcycle around 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 21 near Andy Devine Avenue and Shangri-La Drive. Lortie, 53, of Kingman died Dec. 1 at Sunrise Medical Center, Las Vegas, as a result of the severe head injuries he suffered during the accident.

The Kingman Police Department arrested Marian Marlene Hoffman, 59, near the scene of the accident soon after they responded to the scene. She has been charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident, aggravated driving while under the extreme influence of intoxicating liquor and aggravated assault.

Hoffman allegedly struck Lortie while under the influence of alcohol before and drove several blocks down Shangri-La Drive before stopping. She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment and has a case management hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 7 before Mohave County Judge Robert R. Moon.

Rounseville is the second person this year to be killed by an unknown motorist in the Kingman area.

At approximately 7:02 p.m. on Oct. 2, Catherine M. Querta, 38, of Peach Springs was struck and killed by a vehicle at milepost 59 on Highway 66, approximately one mile east of Kingman.

The vehicle was described as a 1988 or 1993 GMC pickup or Yukon. It was red in color with possible gray primer. The damage from the accident should be to the left front fender/grill area.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is handling the investigation of the incident. Anyone with information should contact DPS at 753-5552 or Mohave Silent Witness.