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Victim, KPD seek hit and lie driver

KINGMAN - Police are looking for a woman who provided false information at the scene of an accident.

The woman hit a bicyclist the evening of Sept. 6 while turning left from Hualapai Mountain Road onto Seneca Street. Barry Gaston, who was on his bike coming down the hill, said the woman stopped and hesitated to make her turn when she saw him, but then made her turn anyway.

Gaston said one witness who stopped to help told Gaston he flew several feet into the air when he was hit by the grill of the truck.

Of the several people who stopped to help, no one called the police at the accident scene. Gaston said he had a cell phone on him but was dazed and wasn't thinking clearly. Instead, the woman wrote her information on a slip of paper, giving her name as R. Jones on Alan Road in Bullhead City.

That information, along with the phone number she provided, was all fake.

"There isn't even an Alan Road in Bullhead," Gaston said.

Gaston described the woman as white and between the ages of 45 to 50. She was heavyset, with platinum blonde shoulder-length hair. She was driving a maroon Ford pickup no more than 10 years old with what looked to Gaston like a blue ribbon with stars on the front hood. "It had some pretty recognizable graphics on it," Gaston said.

Gaston landed on his left side after being hit. His shoulder is dislocated and he suffered a concussion, along with numerous scrapes, bruises and some road rash.

Gaston said he isn't sue happy, but he would like the woman to pay for his medical bills.

The light on Gaston's bike was on when he was hit. As an experienced bicyclist, Gaston said he knows what to look out for when riding.

"You expect they're not going to see you," he said. But in this particular incident, Gaston believes the woman had stopped to allow him to pass, then decided she had enough time to make her turn anyway.

"When she came around, there was no place to go," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the KPD at (928) 753-2191.