KINGMAN — A Kingman man considered a person of interest in a fatal hit-and-run accident earlier this year reportedly confessed his involvement in the death of a Bullhead City woman.
Joseph Whybark, 34, reportedly confessed to driving the vehicle that struck and killed Krisandrea Lynn Pannell-Cashen on April 23 in Golden Valley, according to Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anita Mortensen.
Mortensen said Whybark had been booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Center in Kingman on unrelated charges of suspicion of burglary, prohibited weapons possession and driving on a suspended license. She said detectives went to the jail to question Whybark about the April 23 accident that killed Pannell-Cashen. The 62-year-old Bullhead City resident’s body was found in the roadway in the vicinity of Colorado Road and Brook Drive.
The vehicle suspected of striking Pannell-Cashen was located the next day, where it had been abandoned in a wash on the west end of Golden Valley. Whybark was identified as the registered owner of the vehicle and was named a person of interest in the case.
“A search warrant was obtained by detectives and information was gathered indicating Whybark was operating the vehicle at the time of the collision,” Mortensen said.
Mortensen said Whybark admitted being the hit-and-run driver when questioned by detectives at the jail on Sunday. She said he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death, failure to stay on the scene, tampering with physical evidence and driving when his license was suspended.
Mortensen said more charges may result from ongoing investigation.