Contact: Captain Eben Bratcher, Lt. Darren Simmons,
Deputy Roxanne Meyer or Alfonso Zavala
Phone: (928) 783-4427
DR#  2013-23954

9:30 AM, March 14, 2013

Single Vehicle Collision with Fatality

Location of Incident: Mittry Lake, Yuma, AZ

On 3/13/13, at 1901 hrs, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle collision in the Mittry Lake area. The vehicle involved was a silver 2007 Nissan Altima. The vehicle was traveling westbound on Mittry Lake Road when the driver lost control. The vehicle slid sideways and rolled into the Mittry Lake. The Nissan was being operated by Maria Celina Rubio-Morales, a 23 year old female from Las Vegas, Nevada. Rubio-Morales was trapped in the vehicle and was removed by passers-by. Deputies performed CPR on Rubio-Morales until she was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center by Rural Metro ambulance. Rubio-Morales was pronounced deceased at YRMC.

Jose Samuel Gonzalez-Gonzalez, a 52 year old male from San Luis, AZ, was the front seat passenger of the vehicle. He was transported to YRMC by Rural Metro Ambulance with non life threatening injuries.

Maria C. Talamantes, a 41 year old female from Yuma, was a rear seat passenger. She was transported to YRMC via Rural Metro Ambulance as a precaution and was subsequently released.

Martin A. Guzman-Santibanez, a 26 year old male from Yuma, was also a rear seat passenger in the vehicle. He was transport to YRMC by Rural Metro Ambulance as a precaution and was subsequently released.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation. Alcohol does appear to be a factor in the collision. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information concerning this investigation to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 783-4427.