Inmate Found Dead In Jail Cell

Published by The Bee News

October 25, 2018

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KINGMAN–A local man recently found guilty on several felonies related to a 2015 fatal traffic crash in Bullhead City reportedly killed himself Thursday morning at the Mohave County Detention Center.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a jail detention officer found Andrew Smith-Hartfield, 28, hanging in his jail cell around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said the officer called for medical assistance and immediately initiated life-saving maneuvers, including the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Kingman Fire Department and River Medical Ambulance responded to the jail and continued with CPR, Mortensen said.

However, Smith-Hartfield was unable to be revived and pronounced dead at the jail shortly before 6 a.m. Officials do not suspect foul play due to Smith-Hartfield being housed alone in his cell, she added.

On Oct. 19, Smith-Hartfield was found guilty of manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault and driving under the influence, all felonies., related to a 2015 fatal traffic accident that claimed the life of Troy Urban, 22, and injured two others.

Court documents state Smith-Hartfield was under the influence of alcohol and driving his Toyota pick up truck before it slammed into a Saturn SC2 at Highway 95 and Mohave Drive on Oct. 30, 2015. The force of the collision ejected Urban and passenger, Quinten Quitmeyer. A third passenger sustained minor injuries. Urban was pronounced dead at the scene and Quitmeyer was airlifted from the scene to a Las Vegas hospital.

Smith-Hartfield was scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 19.

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  1. Good for the kid. Now the taxpayers won’t have to pay for his upkeep for the next few decades. It’s too bad that more criminals don’t choose that option.

    • That man was my brother, who fought for years with mental illness, and fought for your country. God bless-

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