Hit-and-run DUI driver jailed

Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Sebina Nichole Kidwell, 28, of Thatcher, has been arrested in a DUI hit-and-run with an injury case.

Victim hospitalized

By Jon Johnson


SAFFORD – A woman who allegedly left the scene after crashing into parked vehicles and injuring a man early Sunday morning has been arrested on multiple charges, including DUI. 

Sebina Nichole Kidwell, 28, of Thatcher, was booked into the Graham County Adult Detention Facility on charges including aggravated DUI, endangerment, criminal damage, and leaving the scene of an accident with injury. 

According to a Safford Police report, Kidwell was northbound on 8th Avenue in a white, 2014 Dodge Ram truck when she sideswiped a black, 2001 Honda that was parked on the side of the street.

The Honda’s owner was working on the car changing a rear tire at the time of the collision and sustained a “serious physical injury to his face”, according to the police report, as well as injuries to both legs. The victim was transported to Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center by paramedics for treatment. 

After sideswiping the Honda, Kidwell collided head-on with a double-axle utility trailer, causing the trailer to strike a parked gray, 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck, which in turn struck a white, 2009 Ford pickup truck.

Kidwell’s truck came to rest on top of the utility trailer. However, she then reversed off and left the area, according to witnesses at the scene. The witnesses then rendered aid to the injured man and helped pull him out from under his vehicle. Both of the man’s legs were reportedly broken in the collision. 

Safford officers concluded a woman was behind the wheel of the suspect’s vehicle and soon afterward contacted Kidwell at her residence in the 1400 block of S. Hummingbird Lane in Thatcher. 

According to the police report, Kidwell allegedly admitted to driving her truck but denied being involved in an accident. The officer noted that Kidwell smelled strongly of alcohol and appeared to be inebriated. The officer’s investigation determined Kidwell to be driving the truck at the time of the crash and allegedly doing so while intoxicated. 

She was then arrested without further incident and booked into jail. She had an initial appearance in court on Tuesday and posted a $10,000 bond.