Well-known Kingman couple killed in head-on

Authorities unsure why truck that hit them crossed center line

KINGMAN - A longtime Kingman Unified School District employee and his wife were killed in a head-on collision earlier this week.

Steven Woods, 56, and his wife, JoDella Woods, 55, were killed around 6:50 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 93 at milepost 186, near the junction of Route 89. The couple's grandson, 18-year-old Joshua Woods, was injured and transported to a Phoenix area hospital for treatment.

The three were on their way back from Phoenix, where the Woods were visiting their son and newborn granddaughter.

The driver of the other car, 46-year-old Phoenix resident Kimberly Hackett-Schmidt, was also killed. Department of Public Safety officials said Hackett's 2004 Toyota was traveling southbound when it crossed the painted center line and drove head on into the Woods' northbound 2003 Hyundai. It is not known why the driver of the Toyota lost control of the vehicle.

According to DPS, occupants in both cars were wearing seat belts. The Woods were married for 37 years, said Steven Woods' mother, Caroline Butcher. Butcher said the couple was very close. "Where one went, the other went," Butcher said.

Butcher said Woods worked as a head custodian for KUSD for more than 25 years. He was diagnosed with lymphoma around five years ago that was in remission.