Vehicle suspected in fatal Golden Valley hit-and-run recovered

May 12, 2019

KINGMAN — Authorities have found the vehicle they believe was involved in a recent fatal hit-and-run accident in Golden Valley and are searching for the SUV’s registered owner and any additional information on the incident.

Mohave Silent Witness has offered a reward of $1,500 for information leading to the arrest of the driver in the April 23 accident in the area of Colorado Road and Brook Drive in Golden Valley. Krisandrea Lynn Pannell-Chasen, 62, of Golden Valley, died at the scene of the 10:55 p.m. accident.

A day after the accident, an abandoned vehicle was found in a wash in the western end of Golden Valley. It matched the description given to authorities and Mohave County Sheriff’s Office detectives processed the Chevrolet Blazer and found “significant evidence” linking it to the hit-and-run, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office did not disclose what that evidence was, although the vehicle had substantial front-end damage

An MCSO release said that detectives believe the vehicle was towed into the desert and abandoned. They are trying to determine who towed it and who was driving it at the time of the accident.

The vehicle is registered to Joseph Lloyd Whybark, 34, of Golden Valley, the sheriff’s office said. He is being sought by authorities.

Anyone with information about Whybark’s whereabouts or any other information regarding the incident is urged to contact the sheriff’s office at 928-753-0753 or toll free at 800-522-4312.