No charges will be filed in bicyclist's death
PRESCOTT -- The Yavapai County Attorney's Office has decided against charging motorist Nelson Shaum in the death of Lynn Hartline, the 48-year-old Gilbert bicyclist who was an entrant in the MS Ride the Vortex bicycle run in the Verde Valley May 17.
Yavapai County Chief Deputy Attorney Dennis McGrane said the office is declining prosecution. While this is a tragic event, McGrane said, "It all boils down to the inability to prove this is more than an accident" and to prove the defendant had the necessary criminal state of mind.
Shaum, 90, driving a van eastbound on Cornville Road, attempted to pass Hartline and two family friends, just west of the Beaver Head Flats intersection. At the same time, another vehicle was approaching from the opposite direction, causing Shaum to pass closely to the bikers.
Hartline was struck and bounced off the windshield of the van, while her bike was dragged beneath the vehicle for a distance.
The County Attorney's Office finally received toxicology and other lab work at the end of August in order to finish the case review with nothing additional outstanding.
Shaum was ordered to be re-tested by the Motor Vehicle Division.
Bicycle enthusiasts placed a white ghost bike at the Cornville Road location where the accident occurred to remember the woman's death.