Contact: Captain Eben Bratcher, Lt. Darren Simmons, Deputy Roxanne Meyer or Alfonso Zavala
Phone: (928) 783-4427
DR# 2013-50256


2:20 PM, June 20, 2013


Injury Collision


Location of Incident: 3800 block of Gila Ridge Road - Yuma, AZ


On Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 0806 hrs, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two vehicle injury collision at the 3800 block of Gila Ridge Road.

The vehicles involved were a white 1998 Honda Accord which was eastbound on Gila Ridge Road and a white 1990 Kenworth tractor trailer which was westbound on Gila Ridge Road. The initial investigation revealed the Honda attempted to overtake two vehicles in a no passing zone and collided with the Kenworth tractor trailer head on. The Honda came to rest on the north shoulder of Gila Ridge Road. The Kenworth came to rest in the westbound lane of Gila Ridge Road.

The Honda was being operated by Mrs. Vanessa Patricia Esquer, a 31 year old female from Yuma, Arizona. She was transported to the Yuma Regional Medical Center by Yuma Fire Ambulance for serious injuries.

The Kenworth was being operated by Mr. Juan Gabriel Sanchez, a 40 year old male from Yuma, Arizona. Mr. Sanchez was not injured during the collision.

The driver of the Honda was cited for passing in a no passing zone. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.


Information Released By: Captain E. Bratcher