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Radio newsman, 53, dies in cycle accident

PRESCOTT VALLEY –A KYCA morning radio announcer, Patrick Bentley, 53, of Prescott Valley died Thursday morning in a single vehicle motorcycle accident.

Prescott Valley Police said that at around 4:40a.m. officers found Bentley underneath the motorcycle in the street near the intersection of Robert Road and Frank Drive.

Emergency personnel took Bentley to Yavapai Regional Medical Center, where doctors later pronounced him dead.

Lou Silverstein, who has owned the KYCA-1490AM station for the past 34 years, said they knew something terrible must have happened to Bentley when he didn't show up for his morning shift at 5 a.m.

Silverstein said that the Prescott Valley Police Department called the station at around 5:30 a.m.

"We were shocked and stunned," Silverstein said. "He was an important part of our operation. He was kind of a breath of fresh air in the morning both to our staff and to our listeners. It is going to take us a while to get over this. … He will be missed."

In addition to being a news announcer for the morning shift, Bentley played an important role in Daiton Rutkowski's talk show, Silverstein said.

Rutkowski was unavailable for comment at press time.

Bentley worked for KYCA for more than five years, Silverstein said, adding that Bentley's wife and two children survive him.

Prescott Valley Police say the accident is still under investigation.

On behalf of PVPD, Lt. P.J. Janik offerred condolences to both the staff of KYCA and Bentley's family.

"I personally enjoyed hearing his voice at 4:56 a.m. every morning and starting my day off right," Janik said. "I also shared his enthusiasm regarding motorcycles. He was a professional newsperson who will be missed."

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