Gilbert bicyclist killed, 2 hurt in Cornville crash

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The bicyclists were all from Gilbert. (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office) The bicyclists were all from Gilbert. (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)
The 90-year-old motorist was issued a MVD driver re-examine notice by the investigating deputy and released pending follow-up. (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office) The 90-year-old motorist was issued a MVD driver re-examine notice by the investigating deputy and released pending follow-up. (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)
CORNVILLE, AZ (CBS5) -

A 90-year-old Cottonwood man was ordered to retake a state driver's test after he reportedly ran into three bicyclists in Cornville, killing one of them.

The victim is identified as Ethelyn Hartline, 48, of Gilbert. She was on one of the bicycles. Hartline was airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center in critical condition and died just before 6 p.m. Saturday.

Two other people, also from Gilbert, were hurt. They are identified as David Waechter, 52, and his 16-year-old daughter, who were riding on a tandem bicycle.

The accident happened at about 12:30 p.m. on Cornville Road west of Beaverhead Flats Road.

Nelson Shaum, who was heading west on Cornville Road, told Yavapai County sheriff's deputies that he believed there was enough room to pass. Shaum ended up hitting Hartline's bicycle, YCSO said.

Hartline, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the bike and her body struck the windshield of the vehicle that hit her. She eventually landed on the roadside.

Deputies said Shaum's vehicle ran over the bike and dragged it for some distance. 

Waechter and his daughter were knocked off their bike and injured, YCSO said.

Waechter told deputies he was slightly ahead of Hartline when the collision occurred. It's  unclear what caused Waechter and his daughter to be thrown from their bike, sheriff's investigators said. 

An off-duty nurse in the vicinity rushed to Hartline's aid while EMS personnel were en route. A YCSO deputy already in the area on a traffic control detail blocked traffic to create a safety zone for the injured parties.

Personnel from the Verde Valley Fire District and the Lake Montezuma/Rimrock Fire District treated the injured.

Waechter and his daughter were taken to Verde Valley Medical Center and were later released. Shaum was not injured.

Shaum was interviewed and examined by a drug recognition expert. No signs of impairment were detected, YCSO said. Shaum agreed to, and submitted, a blood test for evaluation.

Shaum was issued a MVD Driver re-examine notice by the investigating deputy and released pending follow-up.

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