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

Jones was sentenced in a plea deal; she plead guilty to manslaughter, stipulated dangerous, and 10 years prison. The reporting by Jim Seckler of the Mojave Valley Daily News was very through with many details; like the 3 prior DUIs, the judge considered not accepting the plea deal due to aggravating factors.

 

 

Woman sentenced to 10 years for 2017 drunk driving fatality
By JIM SECKLER The Daily News Mar 15, 2018
KINGMAN — A Texas woman who drove drunk and killed a bicyclist in Bullhead City in May 2017 was sentenced Thursday to a decade behind bars.

Melanie Luverne Jones, 43, pleaded guilty in February to manslaughter as a dangerous felony and misdemeanor driving under the influence with a blood alcohol concentration of more than 0.20 percent.
She was charged with the drunk driving death of Robert Dale Fox II, 34, of Bullhead City.
Jones’ attorney, Matt Springer, asked the judge to consider that his client had no prior felony convictions, had family support and expressed remorse for Fox’s death.
Jones also spoke about her alcohol problems since she was in her 20s. She apologized to Fox’s family, who attended the sentencing. Jones’ mom, sister and brother also apologized to the victim’s family and said Jones was a good person.
“She doesn’t have a bad bone in her body,” Jones’ mother said.
However, Fox’s mother and wife each demanded that Jones receive the maximum prison sentence. His wife said their son will grow up never knowing his father and that his loss was devastating to their family.
If Jones had gone to trial, she could have faced seven to 21 years in prison for the manslaughter charge depending if the judge found aggravating or mitigating factors. Jones reportedly had three prior misdemeanor DUI convictions; the most recent was in 2013.
Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss said it was not a mistake but a choice that Jones made to drive drunk. Hesitating whether to accept the plea agreement, he finally accepted the stipulated sentence, seeking closure in the emotional case and sentenced Jones to 10 years in prison.
Jones was driving her car southbound on Highway 95 near Home Depot around 6 p.m. May 5, 2017, when her car struck Fox as he rode his bicycle. Fox’s bike struck a curb, throwing him off the bike.


 

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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