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Arrested! Second Degree Murder Charges for Killing Our Daniel

It has now been confirmed. Tina Means has been arrested here in Lake Havasu, charged with second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault. doc49c866062e296746391490

A Lake Havasu City woman was arrested Monday on charges of second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault in relation to the fatal head-on collision March 17 that critically injured two local men and claimed the life of a 9-year-old boy.


Lake Havasu City police arrested Tina M. Means, 37, at her home in the 3700 block of Sloop Drive at approximately 11:30 a.m. after blood tests revealed her blood alcohol concentration to be .26 percent at the time of the accident that allegedly caused the death of Daniel Halliday, of Lake Havasu City.

“The arrest was very simple, like she expected it was coming,” said Lake Havasu City Police Sgt. Troy Stirling.

Means’ arrest came two days after Mohave County Sheriff’s Office arrested her Friday on felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, endangerment and multiple DUI charges related to an incident on State Route 95 March 3, according to a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office press release issued Monday.

Last week, Daniel Halliday was riding in a Ford Bronco driven by his father, Dustin Halliday, 31, and front-seat passenger George Hope, 47, when the Bronco was involved in a crash in the 2900 block of Daytona Avenue at approximately 3:45 p.m. March 17, according to earlier reports in the Today’s News-Herald.

Means was reportedly driving a Toyota pickup truck traveling eastbound on Daytona Avenue in excess of 50 mph in a 35 mph zone when she swerved across the centerline and into the path of the westbound Ford. The two vehicles collided head on causing the Ford Bronco to roll onto its side and catch fire, reports said.

Daniel Halliday was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dustin Halliday and passenger Hope were air-evacuated to the University Medical Center Burn Unit in Las Vegas, according to earlier reports.

The driver of the Ford Bronco and the passenger, for whom Means was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, remain in critical but stable condition at the burn unit in Las Vegas, Stirling said Monday.

Means was transported by ambulance to Havasu Regional Medical Center from the accident scene, where she was treated and released, police said.

Means was booked into Lake Havasu City Police Department holding facility to await her bond hearing.

The March 3 incident involved MCSO deputies dispatched to the area of Cattail Cove where a Good Samaritan was with a vehicle that was allegedly traveling northbound in the southbound lane on SR95, MSCO authorities said.

When county deputies arrived, they contacted the female driver, later identified as Means, who was reportedly in an unresponsive state and was emitting an odor of alcohol, according to the MSCO.

“We thought we were dealing with a medical issue,” said Trish Carter, MCSO public information officer.

River Medical ambulance service transported Means to Havasu Regional Medical Center where routine blood samples were collected from Means for further analysis in the Arizona Crime Lab.

The Good Samaritan, a witness, told MCSO he was traveling southbound on SR95 approaching the upward left turn at milepost 167 when he saw a vehicle heading toward him in the southbound lane. The Samaritan said he avoided a head-on collision with the oncoming vehicle by turning into the shoulder.

The witness further reported he turned his vehicle around and watched the suspect’s vehicle drive back across the highway and onto the shoulder where the vehicle came to a stop. The witness turned the suspect’s vehicle off and it was later towed from the scene, according to MCSO.

MCSO deputies arrested Means for her alleged involvement in the March 3 incident at approximately 2:30 p.m. last Friday at her residence on the 3700 block of Sloop Drive where she was taken into custody without incident.

The Arizona Crime Lab revealed Means blood alcohol concentration was .32 at the time of the March 3 incident on SR95, the press release said.

Means was transported and booked into the Mohave County District 3 Substation jail, according to the press release.

Means was released Saturday at 1:30 p.m. from the Mohave County District 3 Substation jail when she satisfied a $1,000 cash bail, Carter said.

Means has previously been convicted on DUI; alcohol, drugs, toxic vapor or combination, DUI with blood alcohol concentration of more than .08 percent, and extreme DUI blood alcohol concentration of more than .15 percent in Lake Havasu Municipal Court in August 2002, according to Arizona Supreme Court records.

From Lake Havasu Herald


By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

17 replies on “Arrested! Second Degree Murder Charges for Killing Our Daniel”

Tina is a friend of mine…she is a good person who made a bad choice I pray for her and I miss her…Im sorry for the Halliday familys loss…no words or actions can express my sympathy for you this a great tragedy for ALL involved…I LOVE YOU TINA”MICHELLE” MEANS and I will forever remember your good were a good friend to me and I will never forget that…my prayers are with you!!!


To the Halliday Family: Please accept my condolences for this terrible loss that you have suffered. I had a precious child taken from me in a motorcycle crash in 2001 and so I understand the anguish of your family. I pray for you and ask God to comfort you and provide you with His help and His presence in your lives each day. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you now or in the future.
Your Sister-in-Loss
Sue Thorpe
Journey from Mourning to Joy Group


i knew Daniel Halliday .We used to play with each other when we were little.I was sad to hear about the death of my friend.I just cant believe what happened to him.I know his grandpa and his grandma.I just wish none of this happened.Im SO glad that Tina got charged with all of that stuff.I will never forget him and will miss him very much.I glad he is in the hands of God and i will always know he will be safe with God.Please consider on having the password please so i can read more on what happened to him on that tragic day.I will pray for him.I am only a few years older than him and i cried and cried but please i want to read more.
R.I.P daniel you are like a cousin to me.


I have been praying for the families involved since I heard of this horrific accident. I will continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers! I would really like to be considered for the password, so I can read more.

God Bless, Jodi

password sent.


I am praying for the families involved. I too know what havoc drinking can bring to families.
Please consider me for other articles.

password sent by email


Hi Sis. Buxton!

I am praying for your church and this precious family. What a tragic loss for everyone involved.

What better people to minister to this hurting family than you and your husband though? I am so glad they have you both to stand behind them and encourage them through this tragedy, as you have both been in similar situations.

I will also pray that Tina has someone in her life to minister to her, because there must be something that causes her to want to forget her life by drinking. Sin takes us so much further than we would ever imagine.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers,
God Bless,


Yes Mervi, it is crucial not to come off as overly desirous of justice. Some on this blog want to pander the law breakers, silence those who are robbed, and lastly coddle those who make life stealing mistakes. When I was in Lake Havasu I shook this young mans hand, and It is a tragedy that he is no longer beaming and smiling. I am sure I drove many times with a blood alcohol level exceeding the limit. I am grateful to God for safely directing me, prote3cting not only my wretched self, but innocents around me. I feel for the lady who will live with the knowledge that she took an innocent life. But she must be held accountable for her actions. Any thing less is unconscionable.


hello, mrs.buxton. i am mistys sister paula. i would like to read the rest of the articles concerning dustin and george. if u would please consider sending me the password…thank you and god bless

Password sent by email.


Sis. Buxton,
We are praying and fasting for these precious people of God. We would like to continue receiving updates regarding their progress.
God Bless,
Steve McDaniel


I have to be very careful in this type of situation. Because of my deep person feeling about this type of incident, Mervi must watch with close care what I say and write.

Our prayers are with the families and you and Bro. Buxton as you make the effort to guide these grieving souls.


Has anyone considered praying for her and maybe even making her “your” Tina?

Of course we have, Helen. I wrote this on one of my recent posts:

I hope she has someone in her life who can minister to her.

Regardless of the sentence handed down by the justice system, Tina will live out her life with the terrible knowledge of taking the life of little Daniel. It will not be a load that rests easy. I say again: I do hope she has people in her life who can minister to her, and I do pray she will turn to Jesus who forgives the vilest of sinners.


I may offend some but this is how I, personally believe, not feel.

A 2000 lb plus projectile in the hand of or under a similitude of control, of a chemically hampered individual, this is carnage seeking a place to unfolded. The individual knew they were impaired when they opened the door and inserted the key to start this projectile on its path. They knew better. How? Simple, “multiple DUI arrest,” had already occurred. This person should be prosecuted for murder, maybe ever permeated murder.

My dad was a drunk driver. By the grace of God he never hit anyone.

My personal opinion;

We’re shocked here after seeing her list of priors that she was allowed out on the streets. There will be lots of explaining called for.


I am glad that they have arrested this lady who had no regard for her own life or others.

Please consider me for the password protected information regarding this tragedy. We continue to pray for little Daniel’s family, especially for his father’s recovery and strength for his mother. We also are praying for Brother Hope’s family, as well as the CLC congregation.

Thank you Jana for your prayers and support. It means a lot to us and to these very dear families. Sending password for articles now.


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