Valerie Jean Creek, a well-known community volunteer was killed on Sept. 4 when she was struck by a van while riding her bicycle along with her son on Highway 69.
Valerie, 52, of Prescott, and her son were headed north on the southbound shoulder at about 6:30 p.m. near milepost 291 in the Diamond Valley area.
A van traveling south on Highway 69 reportedly crossed the white line onto the shoulder and struck the bicycle, killing Creek, but narrowly missing the 16-year-old. The Daily Courier does not identify minor children who are victims.
Matt West, the adult assigned to be the boy’s mentor by the Yavapai Big Brothers / Big Sisters program, said the pair was returning to their Diamond Valley home when the crash happened.
“He was riding his bike behind his mom, coming back from the store,” West said, “and he was a few feet behind her when she was struck by the van.”
Creek was a volunteer at several Prescott-area organizations, such as Prescott Creeks and the Coalition for Compassion and Justice.
“Valerie and her son … often volunteered for CCJ’s special projects, especially Fair Start, where school supplies are distributed. She had been part of the CCJ family for well over 13 years,” said Diane Iverson at CCJ.
“Valerie was interested in creative writing and shared her writing from time to time. She loved to share what (her…
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