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5/7/2013 6:00:00 AM
Motorcycle crashes kill two over weekend
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Motorcycle accidents claimed the lives of two Kingman residents in separate weekend incidents.

A 13-year-old Kingman boy was killed Sunday in an off-road collision with his older brother.

According to Kingman Police Capt. Rusty Cooper, Joshua Graffius was riding in a desert area near Calumet Avenue and North Sage Street with his brother and friends.

Graffius' older brother, 15, jumped his motorcycle off of a berm and landed on his younger brother, who rode into his path at about 2:20 p.m.

A Kingman Fire Department spokesman said both brothers were traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the accident.

Graffius was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center, where he later died. His brother was also transported to KRMC with a broken leg.

Cooper said no criminal charges would be filed and that both brothers were wearing protective gear.

"The cause of the collision is a tragic accident," he said in an email.



On Friday, the driver of a 1996 Chevrolet Caprice failed to stop at a stop sign at Monroe Street and Louise Avenue, striking Sky Christian Duey, 20, who was killed.

The 77-year-old woman could face charges, but alcohol was not a factor, according to Cooper.

Duey was riding west on a Yamaha off-road motorcycle when the woman struck him.

According to a spokesman with the Kingman Fire Department, Duey sustained serious injuries throughout his body, especially his head.

He was transported to KRMC, where he later died. Duey was not wearing a helmet.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Article comment by: Tim Armstrong

As a trucker, I have driven past many crashes. It's easy to speculate on fault/causes and have listened to many of these comments on the cb. Unfortunately, they are made by people who weren't there and don't know. Phd's of the highway that never attended class.

I'm truly sorry for the families and will be praying for comfort.


Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Janice Ross

Just Saying must have been nice growing up in your plastic bubble. Josh was a great kid and he was growing into one hell of a man, more then we can say of you. Based on your thoughtless comments you are half the man Josh already was. Josh would never have said something so repulsive and hurtful to anyone hurting already. I didn't know Sky but i am praying for the Duey family. I do know Melissa and she is a loving and caring mom and unlike you she thinks of others even as she is going through this herself. That's the kind of mom Josh and his brothers and sister have a loving kind and close family. Crawl back under your rock or go back into your cave and come back when you have grown up. Try the Golden Rule if you do not know anything nice to say keep it to yourself.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Me Hi

In so sad he was my bestfriend and i hungout with him the weekend before im so sad.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: pl .....

@Stokes.....that's fine, just anything which might reduce the number and severity of these incidents. I'm not saying that any program eliminates all accidents, but if they are reduced.....

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Thomas Miller

Who cares if the boys were not supervised thae thing is that josh and sky are GONE..........That hurt many lives now the Graffius Family have to figure stuff out with out josh....In the last week of joshs life josh was getting everything caught up and even trying out for football and coach said " Josh couldnt do 10 push ups in the first week but the last week he did 12 and was getting on friday. Reat in peace Joshua Graffius

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

Hey Phil...
You realize that there are classes available for free (I believe) for younger kids to learn safe operation of off road vehicles?

School is not the place for something like this.


Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Denise Smith

Please show some compassion. Thoughts and prayers to the families of these young boys.

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Jessica Mayo

To Whoever published This :Why would you guys allow someone to write such rude comments about the parents of the boy who passed.I work with this woman and she is an amazing person and a wonderful parent and that family is so devestated and I understand that you have to let people voice thier opinion but there should be a respect factor somewhere to this family!!

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Tina Benigar

As a neighbor to the Graffius family we are simply devastated at the tragedy that happened here sunday. We all ride behind our house here and take all the precautions and make every effort to ride safely. Still There have been close calls with other riders. We also have teenage boys ourselves, school mates of the Graffius boys. Our boys are coming to grips with what happened by our home. I can only imagine the pain and grief that they all must feel. I pray for them, everyday since it happened.

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: :( :(

Just Saying................ I can't even believe the blame games. Pray tell how do you know adult supervision wasn't there? These young people were near adults themselves. May goodness when do we stop hovering over our children? Accidents happen..... Speaking from experience, there is no loss like the loss of a child. The blame game needs to end. How dare anyone blame someone for something so hurtful? Shame on you.

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Terribly Sad

Kingman has certainly taken a horrible hit this week. We know both families who lost children and our hearts are broken for each of them. These boys came from good homes with parents who loved and cared for them.
Melissa- the entire community is with you, dear. Your pain is ours. God bless you and your family. You are an awesome mom!
To the Duey family- who we are related to- when one of us hurts- we all hurt. So terribly sorry that Sky was taken much too young. Blessings to each of you during this devastating time. Jack and Peggy Duey


Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Rez

The Graffius bros were in their naighborhood doing what normal teenage boys do. A firefighter at the scene said there was NOTHING that could have prevented this death - it was a complete and total freak accident - no more protective gear would have prevented it.

Sky Duey is where the crime is - at 77 this woman probably should have hung up driving a while ago.


Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: pl .....

it is obvious that some introduction to the very real risks of off-road vehicles should be part of school programs beginning at the middle school level. Who would disagree with this, given the rash of recent serious & fatal accidents involving children in this area?

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Charles and Cindy

We are so shocked and saddened to hear about Sky, he was such a wonderful young man that will never be forgotten. Ruby, Wade, John and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you across the miles....


Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Tara Rudowsky

@ Just Saying. It is so irritating when comments are made by people who use an alias. The brothers were 13 and 15 (I you read the article). Jr High and High School aged boys are typically independant but responsible enough to check in with Mom and Dad. I didn't monitor my children at that age every waking moment. My son was typically at the ranch with friends, working cattle or hunting. My daughter was either studing with friends or taking a swim in the pool. I'm sure their guardian angels worked overtime. It is a very unfortunate accident, but blaming the parents is out of line.

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: Lynda Eakins

My heart just breaks for these young boys being taken so young.
I remember how Sky was my grandson's hero when they were both little guys.
Ruby, and family, Our hearts go out to you all.
To Josh's family you are also in our prayers.
Lynda & Frank Eakins


Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: just saying too

Hey just saying, These two boys were in a freak accident. They were wearing all protective equiptment that goes along with riding dirtbikes and ATV's. They were in the desert playing, not on the streets.

That "Where was the adult supervision" comment can go anywhere there is a tragedy.

So go take your idiotic "just saying" comments elsewhere you idiot


Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: Thomas Feightner

Both Josh and Sky are both in a better place watching over us as we speak.....Jereimiah Josh's older brother is defastated of the crash when....I visited Jeremiah at KRMC he was talking laughing but still defastated. Rest In Peace Sky Duey and Josh Graffius.

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: Shawn and Tammy Gross

Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about the loss of Sky. We are here to support you Wade, Ruby and John in your grieving process. Sky brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget him. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. With all our Hearts, Shawn and Tammy. Also Sympathy and prayers to Graffius family in this time of sorrow.

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: Take responsibility

How much you want to bet the 77 year old never faces any charges?

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: Hollie's Mom

Just Saying ~
Josh's Grandfather was watching them, and his best friends saw the accident also.
His Brother is blaming himself, but the way it happened there was nothing anyone could do.
It was just a freak accident.
I am in constant prayer for this family, and the kids that are grieving too.


Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: Christians Mom

My son is best friends with both Josh and Jeremy. This is such a tragic accident. I am thankful that White Cliffs Middle School provided counseling for the kids. God please be with the family in their time of need and healing. Melissa Im here if you need anything.

Also sending prayers and condolences to the Duey Family.


Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: heart less

Just Sayin, (but obviously not thinking): Wouldn't you say the adults in the family are in enough pain? Why would you want to inflict more pain with your THOUGHTLESS remarks? Just Wonderin

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: Show Some... Compassion

To: Just Saying

Now is not the time to point fingers or lay blame. You can not imagine the greif the family is feeling at this time. Your comment is insensitive at the least. This is tragic!


Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: Megan's Mom

My heart goes out to Josh's parents and to his brother.
Josh was also my daughters best Friend, they would talk on the phone at night before they went to bed, they would spend hours talking on the weekends at night,her heart is broke,

He made her smile and laugh,and would also sing to her she said he was her other half, they had known each other since elementry school.I can not comfort her I want to take this terrible pain from her but I can't
.
Hollie's Mom is right tomorrow is not guaranteed.God has a New Angel now, and he will watch over all that loved and cared for him
Rest now Josh, your time here is done.God needed you home..



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