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.

The is a developing story. Stay with The Bee.

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2 Comments

  1. John Harvey

    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.

    • Alex

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

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