Originally Published: November 12, 2007 8:14 p.m.
Jeffery Cooke, 56, of Mayer, died when his motorcycle crashed into another vehicle Sunday morning in Chino Valley, police said.
Cooke was riding south on Highway 89 at Road 1 North when a 2006 Chevy pickup, driven by 66-year-old Jimmy Johnson of Chino Valley, entered the highway from the west and made a left turn into Cooke's path, according to Chino Valley Fire Department Battalion Chief Jack Miller and Chino Valley Police spokesperson Sgt. Mark Garcia.
Miller said the motorcycle collided with the left front corner of the pickup. Cooke's motorcycle went out from under him and he hit the side of the truck. Johnson and his passenger in the pickup were unhurt.
A nurse who saw the crash administered CPR on Cooke. An ambulance took him to Yavapai Regional Medical Center where he died within 10 minutes. Miller said he saw a helmet lying on the road near the accident, but it was off Cooke when the fire department arrived.
CVFD and the Arizona Department of Public Safety investigated the accident. Garcia said at this time, the investigation is still underway, but it does not show that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident. DPS closed Highway 89 from Center Street to Road 2 North from about 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.