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7/3/2014 1:18:00 PM
Still no decision on charges in bicyclist Lynn Hartline death
This “ghost bike” memorial was established on Cornville Road where Lynn Hartline of Gilbert was hit and killed during the MS Ride the Vortex event May 17. Courtesy photo by David Waechter
This “ghost bike” memorial was established on Cornville Road where Lynn Hartline of Gilbert was hit and killed during the MS Ride the Vortex event May 17. Courtesy photo by David Waechter

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


CORNVILLE-- Ethelyn Hartline was the 48 year old Gilbert bicyclist killed in a collision with a van on Cornville Road May 17. The avid bicyclist was among the hundreds of riders that took part in the Bike MS Ride the Vortex event.

One and a half months later, there has been no decision whether the driver should be charged with the death. The 90-year old driver was ordered to be re-examined by the MVD.

Hartline was seriously injured when a 2011 Chrysler van, driven by Nelson Shaum of Cottonwood struck the woman while passing. Shaum told Sheriff's deputies that he believed there was enough room to pass, but that he remained in the same lane of traffic to avoid an approaching vehicle in the opposite lane. Cornville Road is only two lanes wide just west of the Beaverhead Flat Road intersection where the collision occurred.

As Shaum approached the bicycles, the passenger side of the vehicle struck the bike ridden by Hartline. She was knocked from the bicycle, struck the windshield of the van then dropped to the highway shoulder. The vehicle ran over her bicycle, dragging it for some distance.

Two fellow riders, 52-year old David Waechter and his 16-year old daughter also of Gilbert, were riding along side Hartline on a tandem bicycle. They were also hurt but treated and released.

Hartline was flown by medical helicopter to the Flagstaff Medical Center, where she died about 6 p.m.

The Yavapai Sheriff's Office presented its investigation to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office, June 16. The deputy said the driver did not appear to be impaired, but blood was drawn for testing.

Shaum was not arrested at the time of the collision, so no specific charges were requested be authorized by the County Attorney's Office. Sheriff's Spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn says, "The County Attorney was presented with a detailed investigative review of the circumstances to help base their final determination."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Article comment by: Lloyd Thomas

The driver was eventually charged with a misdemeanor and plead guilty in Verde Justice Court. J-302-TR-20144749.

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014
Article comment by: Careful Driver Two

If you are trying to pass someone in or near your lane and there is an oncoming vehicle. Common courtesy is you slow down and wait till there is room to pass. The fact that he struck and killed her with the vehicle, proves he has a problem with depth perception. He didn't glance her with the vehicle, or brush her with the mirror. He needs to be charged and have his license revoked.

Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Article comment by: So sorry Mr. Babbitt -

How dare a few people donate a few hours of their time to help victims of a horrible disease, and impede your travel for a few seconds.

Our only solace is that you just made yourself look like more of an ignorant bafoon than anyone else ever could.

Hoping that you never have this disease affect you or a loved one... But if you did we would still ride for you or them despite of your obvious hate for riders or people within incurable diseases.

How does that saying go... If you have nothing nice to say then say nothing at all.

Good day to you!


Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Article comment by: careful driver

If I ran her over I would be charged with vehicular manslaughter.....why does it matter how old the driver of the vehicle may be?

Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

I never wanted to donate to this charity. I was forced to by lane closures. I was forced to because their were public resources being used. Now a woman has been killed.
The fault is in our glory hound leaders and there fame seeking ways.




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