Wife arrested for manslaughter in wake of fatal motorcycle crash

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Sierra Vista, AZ.  09/27/16.  The Sierra Vista Police Department arrested a 37-year-old Sierra Vista woman for manslaughter Monday night following an investigation into a fatal motorcycle accident that left her husband dead on Sunday.

Detectives with the SVPD Special Operations Bureau conducted interviews with multiple witnesses who described the events leading up to the death of 51-year-old Brian E. Hurdlow. Witnesses reported that Hurdlow was pursued to the Circle K located on Buffalo Soldier Trail by a Ford Escape SUV driven by his wife Jennie Jones-Hurdlow.

Jennie Jones-Hurdlow was heard screaming at Brian Hurdlow and seen maneuvering her vehicle in an aggressive and reckless manner as she attempted to block her husband from leaving the convenience store. Brian Hurdlow eventually managed to exit the property on his Harley Davidson and headed eastbound on Avenida Cochise, with his wife pursuing him at high speeds.

Witnesses reported seeing Jennie Jones-Hurdlow chase her husband through the Coronado Drive intersection and drive close to his motorcycle. SVPD detectives determined that the reckless and erratic driving of Jennie Jones-Hurdlow contributed to her husband’s high speed collision with a light post near Copper Sunrise late Sunday morning. Accident reconstructionists conservatively estimate this speed to be in excess of 65 miles per hour.

Investigators serving a search warrant at the Hurdlow residence discovered evidence of a domestic violence dispute, to include broken household items. The investigation concluded that Sunday’s high speed pursuit and subsequent collision stemmed from an ongoing domestic violence feud that began at their residence the day prior.

SVPD detectives arrested Jennie Jones-Hurdlow and charged her with manslaughter on Monday night. She is being held in Cochise County Jail. For more information, contact SVPD Detective Sgt. Sean Brownson at (520) 452-7500.