Updated 8/26/11: According to the Miner article, the driver was not rearended, but followed his GPS off the PAVED road and then hit a mound of dirt and rolled the car: GPS takes a wrong turn.
As we went outside to water our gardens yesterday evening we heard the sound of a helicopter and then saw the flashing lights on Diamond Bar. Not the best picture, but it was getting dark:
I heard that someone got rearended and then rolled his car. That made me think of Mike and how he taped a bunch of orange stuff on his white car to prevent getting rear ended on Diamond Bar. It might look weird, but better weird than dead!
Looked for details at the Miner and found nothing about this accident, but an interesting article on traffic on Diamond Bar:
MCSO nails drivers on fast track to Grand Canyon West
KINGMAN – Deputies with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office wrote more than 60 tickets during a one-day traffic enforcement on Pierce Ferry and Diamond Bar roads in the Dolan Springs area last week.
The Sheriff’s Office often targets the two roads for extra enforcement because of the traffic coming to and from the Grand Canyon West tourist attraction, as well as a number of fatal accidents that have occurred on the road in the last several years. Last week a 67-year-old man was killed in a high-speed accident that was preceded by a first accident he reportedly caused involving a car full of German tourists. …
I suppose they’re talking about Billy. Here’s the Miner article about that:
KINGMAN – The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said a car may have been traveling close to 100 miles per hour when it crashed Friday night, killing the driver.
The fatality occurred on Pierce Ferry Road at milepost 20.5 just before 11 p.m. Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Trish Carter said the driver of the car, a 67-year-old Meadview man, had been in an accident minutes prior. He reportedly was eastbound when he crossed the centerline and grazed an oncoming car with a group of German tourists inside.
Both parties stopped but the 67-year-old man got back into his Ford Escort and fled the scene at a high rate of speed, Carter said.
The Escort rolled several times as it was going into a bend in the road and ended up on its wheels. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
Carter said investigators put preliminary speeds at more than 90 miles per hour. The victim’s identity will be released after next of kin has been notified.
The accident remains under investigation and the Sheriff’s Office said alcohol may have been a factor.
None of the German tourists in the other car were injured.
From what I hear, alcohol was very likely a factor as Billy was allegedly kicked out at the Landing because he was so drunk before he decided to head for Dolan Springs. I’m just glad he didn’t hurt anybody else.
I can understand why young people drive drunk and impaired by whatever drugs, hey, they’re young and stupid and hopefully they’ll grow up.
What excuse do people over 60 have?
It’s a miracle that Hoss never caused a major accident (that I know of), he sure took out more than his share of street signs.
I’m not in favor of deputies handing out tickets for 5 or 10 miles over the limit, but I’ve seen way too many drunks driving on the paved road and that’s just not cool. An interesting discussion on law enforcement is at the Miner article about the tickets.