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Motorcycle crashes kill two over weekend

KINGMAN - Motorcycle accidents claimed the lives of two Kingman residents in separate weekend incidents.

A 13-year-old Kingman boy was killed Sunday in an off-road collision with his older brother.

According to Kingman Police Capt. Rusty Cooper, Joshua Graffius was riding in a desert area near Calumet Avenue and North Sage Street with his brother and friends.

Graffius' older brother, 15, jumped his motorcycle off of a berm and landed on his younger brother, who rode into his path at about 2:20 p.m.

A Kingman Fire Department spokesman said both brothers were traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the accident.

Graffius was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center, where he later died. His brother was also transported to KRMC with a broken leg.

Cooper said no criminal charges would be filed and that both brothers were wearing protective gear.

"The cause of the collision is a tragic accident," he said in an email.

On Friday, the driver of a 1996 Chevrolet Caprice failed to stop at a stop sign at Monroe Street and Louise Avenue, striking Sky Christian Duey, 20, who was killed.

The 77-year-old woman could face charges, but alcohol was not a factor, according to Cooper.

Duey was riding west on a Yamaha off-road motorcycle when the woman struck him.

According to a spokesman with the Kingman Fire Department, Duey sustained serious injuries throughout his body, especially his head.

He was transported to KRMC, where he later died. Duey was not wearing a helmet.