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Carleton pleads guilty to manslaughter

August 23, 2018

KINGMAN — A Bullhead City woman charged with a September 2017 crash that killed a motorcyclist pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Page Nichole Carleton, 24, pleaded guilty to felony manslaughter and one count of misdemeanor driving under the influence involving drugs or metabolite. She had been charged with another count of misdemeanor driving under the influence.

Under the plea agreement, Carleton will be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for the manslaughter charge and a concurrent jail time for the DUI charge. Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert will sentence her on Oct. 1.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Greg McPhillips said that Carleton was driving a Chevy pickup truck northbound on Highway 95 just before 11 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2017, when she allegedly crossed the center lane and collided head-on with a motorcycle driven by Darryl James Tuttle, 45, of Fort Mohave, who was traveling southbound.

The prosecutor said the defendant had THC, which is a chemical in marijuana, morphine and codeine in her system.

Tuttle was thrown about 30 feet from his motorcycle while his bike became wedged under the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Highway 95 was closed for three hours until it reopened early the next morning, according to Bullhead City police.

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