Tip leads police to truck, suspect involved in fatal crash

Authorities say man admitted to hit-and-run

William Shelley

William Shelley

KINGMAN - A 74-year-old man has been arrested in connection with last week's fatal hit-and-run on Andy Devine Avenue.

William Eugene Shelley was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a felony.

Police say Shelley was the driver of the powder blue truck that was traveling eastbound on Andy Devine Dec. 21, when he made a left turn onto Fairgrounds Boulevard into the path of a motorcyclist, who was headed west on Andy Devine.

The motorcyclist, 45-year-old Kenneth Dean Grantham of Golden Valley, hit the rear bed of the truck. He was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center, where he died 30 minutes after the accident.

Witnesses told police that the driver of the truck hesitated briefly after the collision before continuing down Fairgrounds.

The Kingman Police Department put out a description of the truck and within days received an anonymous tip that directed them to a property in the desert off of N. Stockton Hill Road. Detectives went to the property but were unable to gain access. On Monday, the Department of Public Safety Air Ranger was called in to do a sweep over the area to see if there was a vehicle matching the description given by witnesses.

After DPS alerted to a possible hit, police went to the residence and ultimately found the truck hidden from the ground level behind a trailer. The truck's side panels and wooden slates, two features mentioned in a police alert for the vehicle, had been removed, said Sgt. Bob Fisk with KPD.

Fisk said Shelley initially denied involvement before admitting he was the driver.

Shelley told police he left the scene because he is on a fixed income and couldn't afford insurance.

Shelley was allegedly unaware of media reports on the motorcyclist's death and said he wanted to contact the hospital for the man's condition but did not know how, Fisk said.