Woman accused in fatal crash a no-show in court

July 24, 2018

KINGMAN — A bench warrant was issued Monday for a Bullhead City woman charged in connection with a fatal crash last September.

Page Nichole Carleton, 24, is charged with felony second-degree manslaughter and two counts of misdemeanor driving under the influence. The two DUI counts reportedly involved drugs, according to court records.

If Carleton is convicted of the manslaughter charge, she would face from seven to 21 years in prison. Several of the victim’s family members attended Monday’s hearing.

Carleton’s attorney, Ron Gilleo asked to continue Monday’s hearing, arguing that Carleton had attended all her previous hearings.

Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert instead issued a bench warrant for Carleton’s arrest. Her next hearing would be the next judicial day after her arrest. Carleton had been released on her own recognizance.

On Sept. 24, Carleton was driving in a Chevy pickup truck northbound on Highway 95 around 10:50 p.m. 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 southbound on the highway, Bullhead City police reported.

Tuttle was thrown from his motorcycle and his bike became wedged under Carleton’s truck. Tuttle was pronounced dead at the scene. Highway 95 was closed for three hours until it reopened around 2 a.m. the next morning.

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