5 killed in wrong-way wreck on Interstate 40 identified

May 26, 2019

Authorities said the five people killed in a wrong-way wreck on Interstate 40 just east of Lake Havasu City included two from a nearby Nevada town and three from New York City.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety on Saturday identified the Nevadans killed in the Friday crash at mile marker 36, northeast of Havasu, as 82-year-old Harold Wayne Wickham and 90-year-old Ella Wickham, both of Laughlin. Wickham was driving a 2010 Nissan sedan.

The other victims were identified as 57-year-old Tsun Tong Chan, 54-year-old Wai Kam Ngai and 21-year-old Ching Kwong.

The DPS said Harold Wickham was driving an eastbound sedan in the westbound lanes when it collided with the other car and that he died at Kingman Regional Medical Center. The other victims died at the scene.

Yucca Fire Department and American Medical Response were first on the scene and requested assistance from Golden Valley Fire District.

Golden Valley Battalion Chief David Martin said his department responded with three personnel, including himself.

The Nissan remained in the westbound lanes of I-40, and the Honda had rolled over into the median.

“There were parts all over,” Martin said. “It wasn’t good.”

The collision occurred at about 9:05 a.m. and initially closed westbound I-40. The highway first partially reopened, and is now completely open.

DPS said the crash is still under investigation and details will be released as they become available.

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