Contact: Alfonso Zavala, Lt. Darren Simmons, or Deputy Roxanne Meyer
Phone: (928) 783-4427
DR# 2013-87706


2:00 AM, October 31, 2013

Fatality Collision


Location of Incident: County 15th Street and Avenue A - Yuma, AZ

Deceased:  Anita Speer, 68 years old of Somerton, AZ and Mena, AR

On 10-30-2013 at approximately 1909 hours, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office responded to the intersection of County 15th Street and Avenue A in reference to a report of a two vehicle collision. Initial investigation at the scene revealed that a white 2003 Ford Ranger driven by Yesenia Ramirez, 19 years old of Somerton, AZ, was traveling westbound on County 15th Street approaching Avenue A. A maroon 2003 Chevrolet pickup driven by Anita Speer, 68 years old of Somerton, AZ and Mena, AR, was southbound on Avenue A approaching County 15th Street. The front end of the Ford Ranger collided with the driver’s side of the Chevrolet pickup in the intersection. Both drivers were transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center by Rural Metro ambulance. Ramirez sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released from the hospital. Speer sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. 

The collision remains under investigation. Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor. Next of kin has been notified.       

Information Released By: Sgt. Richard Meraz