Mohave Valley man killed by wrong-way driver; Fundraisers planned throughout community for Pagett family
MOHAVE VALLEY — Several businesses, organizations and individuals are rallying around the family of a Mohave Valley man killed in a horrific accident near Laughlin on Monday.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office on Wednesday identified 32-year-old Richard Pagett as the man killed when a wrong-way driver slammed head-on into his vehicle on Nevada Highway 163 just outside of Laughlin.
By Thursday evening, at least eight fundraisers have been scheduled — and at lease one more is in the works — to help support Pagett’s family, according to Amy Larson, director of congregational ministry at St. John the Evangelist Lutheran Church in Bullhead City, where the Pagett family is part of the congregation. Pagett is survived by his wife, Summer, and four children.
The church has set up online donations and will be accepting marked gifts in the offering plate at any weekend church service at St. John.
On the church’s Facebook page, the donation site is listed as https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/264960.
In addition, Britnee Nesbitt, of True Roots Hair and Nail Salon in Fort Mohave, will donate proceeds from haircuts on Jan. 18, starting at 9 a.m., to the Pagett family to help with funeral and other expenses. Appointments may be made by calling 928-444-1160; walk-ins are welcome at 4380 Highway 95 in Fort Mohave.
D’Angelos Italian Restaurant, 2141 Clearwater Drive in Bullhead City, will donate 20 percent of Monday sales through the end of January.
Drip Coffee Company, inside Valley View Medical Center in Fort Mohave, will hold a fundraiser from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, with all of the profits that day going to the Pagetts.
Luz Elena Photography is planning on a fundraising special throughout January. Call 928-577-8389 for more information.
Fairway Constructors, at 5890 Highway 95 in Fort Mohave, is collection donations and will match up to $1,000.
Javalina’s Coffee Express, 5599 Highway 95 in Fort Mohave, will conduct a Friends Paint Night at 6 p.m. on Jan. 24. Cost is $20 with proceeds going to the Pagett family. RSVPs are required. For more information, call 928-444-5296.
And a GoFundMe account has been set up at gofundme.com/Support-the-Pagett-Family.
Larson said another event will be a silent auction. Details for that have not been formalized but Larson said anyone wishing to volunteer or donate to the event should contact her by email at amy.
Additional events may be added to the list as the community galvanizes to support the family following the tragedy.
According to reports from the Nevada Highway Patrol, Pagett was killed around 3 p.m. Monday. Investigators determined that a Toyota was travelling the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of Highway 163 at the same time that Pagett, driving a Hyundai Accect, was eastbound.
Reports indicate that the drivers each tried to avoid the crash, but both turned toward the south shoulder of the roadway, with the Toyota and Hyundai crashing head-on.
The driver of the Toyota, who has not been publicly identified, was taken to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City. A passenger in the Toyota was flown to University Medical Center in critical condition.
Condition updates were not available Thursday.
Pagett was pronounced dead at the scene, the victim of the first fatal crash in the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Southern Command in 2019.
The Nevada Highway Patrol said that there was no evidence that the driver of the Toyota was impaired. The crash remains under investigation.