Driver kills Bullhead City cyclist; is arrested

photo: Mojave Valley The Daily News

5/5/2017 bicyclist Robert Dale Fox II was killed by driver Melanie Laverne Jones, and arrested on suspicion of 2nd degree murder
suspected and DUI.
The rear end collision occurred on SR95 between Home Depot and the USPS. (~ MP 249)

The outside lane appears to be quite ( ~ 14 feet plus a 2 foot gutter pan) wide, and the bicyclist was thrown into the curb. The motorist was likely swerved toward the curb. The body of that car is ~ 6 feet wide.

Criminal Case

According to a June 8, 2017 Mohave Valley Daily News article, Melanie Luverne Jones is being held in county jail on DUI higher than .20 plus manslaughter charges and has left the public defender in favor of hiring her own lawyer

CR-201700638  Mohave County Superior


Bicyclist struck, killed
By BILL McMILLEN The Daily News

BULLHEAD CITY — A Texas woman has been arrested after the car she was driving struck a bicyclist on Highway 95, causing his death on Friday…
According to the Bullhead City Police Department, Melanie Laverne Jones, 42, was booked on suspicion of second-degree murder and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. She was taken to the Mohave County Jail in Kingman…
Police reports indicate that Fox was riding a bicycle south on Highway 95 in the outside lane when he was struck by a southbound Mercury Milan driven by Jones…

Woman accused in fatal crash hires own lawyer

By JIM SECKLER The Daily News Jun 8, 2017
KINGMAN — A Texas woman accused of driving drunk and killing a bicyclist was back in court Wednesday with a new attorney.

Melanie Luverne Jones, 42, is charged with felony manslaughter and four counts of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. One of the DUI charges is with an alcohol concentration higher than 0.20 percent… She is being held in county jail on a $250,000 bond.
Jones’s new attorney, Matthew Springer of Flagstaff, said he had just been assigned the case and doesn’t even have the file from the public defender’s office… Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen set her next hearing for July 11.


Another SR95 Wreck Last Week leaves one dead and 3 more injured

Just five days before, 4/30/2017, a pickup driver crossed over and killed a motorcyclist Braxton Douglas Lefton head-on just 5 miles south of the bicyclist fatality on the same highway:

Motorcyclist dies in Highway 95 wreck
…A California man was killed Saturday when his motorcycle was struck head-on by another vehicle near the Bullhead City Walmart store… At around 4 p.m., a southbound Toyota pickup driven by Jolana Sopel, 59, of Colorado, crossed into an opposing lane and collided …



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