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DPS Air Rescue helicopter helps Kingman Police arrest suspected hit and run driver in fatal crash

Kingman man arrested in connection with Dec. 21 hit-and-run collision

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 -

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On December 28, 2009, at approximately 12:50 p.m. an Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Air Rescue helicopter assisted the Kingman Police Department on a search for a “hit and run” suspect involved in a fatal collision. The search was in response to a vehicle description given from the scene of the collision that took the life of 45-year-old Kenneth Dean Grantham of Golden Valley.

Grantham died December 21st when his motorcycle struck the rear bed of a powder-blue truck that had pulled into his path. The truck was seen leaving the scene of the collision.

The Kingman-based DPS Air Rescue crew located a vehicle matching the description at a remote residence north of Kingman. The crew videotaped the location and vehicle and provided the information to the police department. The Kingman PD subsequently served a search warrant on the residence and discovered the suspect dismantling the vehicle.

William Eugene Shelly, 74, of Kingman, was booked into the Mohave County Jail and charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.