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Contact: Captain Eben Bratcher, Lt. Darren Simmons, Deputy Roxanne Meyer or Alfonso Zavala
Phone: (928) 783-4427
DR# 2013-34862

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1:30 PM, April 22, 2013

Two Vehicle Collision with Fatalities

Location of Incident: Avenue D & County 9th Street, Yuma, AZ

On April 22, 2013, at 1118 hours, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two vehicle collision in the intersection of Avenue D and County 9th Street. The vehicles involved were a black Toyota Camry and a Grey Dodge pick-up. The Toyota was traveling eastbound on County 9th Street. The Dodge was traveling south on Avenue D. The Toyota was being operated by Melanie Darlene Jose, a 29 year old female from Yuma, Arizona. Ms. Jose was trapped in the vehicle and pronounced deceased on the scene.

Harriet Phillips, a 55 year old female was the rear seat passenger. Ms. Phillips was trapped in the vehicle and pronounced deceased on the scene.

Leatrice Tourtillott, a 32 year old female from Yuma was the front seat passenger. Ms Tourtillott was trapped in the vehicle and pronounced deceased on the scene.

Alberto Espinoza, a 30 year old male from Yuma was the driver of the Dodge. Mr. Espinoza was transported to YRMC by Rural Metro Ambulance as a precaution.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information concerning this investigation to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 783-4427.