KINGMAN – Two crashes on opposite sides of town resulted in arrests and injuries on Wednesday.
According to sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Carter, Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single-vehicle rollover and injury accident about a half mile east of Cedar Hills School on Nellie Drive near Interstate 40.
At 5:42 p.m., deputies responded to the scene of an accident involving a 2000 Chevy truck where the driver and passenger were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected.
The driver, Chase Simington, 20, of Kingman, suffered broken ribs and shoulder while passenger Michael McGlothlin, 28, of Kingman, suffered a collapsed lung, several lumbar fractures and an orbital fracture.
Pinion Pines Fire Department personnel responded and transported the men to Kingman Regional Medical Center. McGlothlin was later airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas. An investigation determined Simington was reportedly driving east on Nellie Drive at speeds up to 70 miles per hour. He had a blood sample taken to be submitted to the Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Lab for further analysis.
Alcohol and speed are factors in this investigation. This accident remains under investigation. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
Later that evening, two crashes on U.S. Highway 93 past Coyote Pass at mile post 69 caused the northbound lanes leading out of Kingman to be shut down for about two hours.
According to Kingman Police Deputy Chief Rusty Cooper, the first crash happened about 7:30 p.m. and involved a silver 2009 Toyota Scion, driven by a 45-year-old Golden Valley man, hit a mattress that had landed in the road after falling from a truck.
The Scion was disabled after striking the mattress. That incident led to a second crash involving a white 2015 Toyota Prius, driven by a 33-year-old Bullhead City man.
The Prius collided into the back of a white 1996 Chevrolet S-10 that slowed to avoid striking the Scion stuck on the mattress. The Prius then hit the concrete barrier wall and bounced into the path of an oncoming motorhome, which then struck the Prius. Injuries and damage to the motorhome were minor; however damage to the three other vehicles was significant.
The Prius driver was determined to be at fault for the second crash and was cited for failure to control a vehicle to avoid a collision and not wearing a seatbelt.
The vehicle that lost the mattress did not stop and has not been located or identified. If identified, the driver could be cited for operating with an unsafe load.
If anyone has information on this crash, please contact the Kingman Police Department at 928-753-2191 or Mohave Silent Witness at 928-753-1234.