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


3:44 PM, February 15, 2014

Injury Collision


Location of Incident: Highway 95 and Avenue C - Yuma, AZ

On Saturday, February 15, 2014, at approximately 0630 hours, Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Deputy reported a three vehicle injury collision involving a Deputy and YCSO volunteer at the intersection of Highway 95 and Avenue C.

The vehicles involved were a silver 1998 Honda Accord, white 2011 Ford F150, YCSO fully marked patrol truck, and a white 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, YCSO fully marked volunteer unit. The YCSO vehicles had their emergency lights activated and were blocking northbound traffic on Highway 95. Traffic was being rerouted onto Avenue C, to County 16th Street due to Cocopah Police Department investigating a vehicle Vs pedestrian fatality collision in the 15400 block of Highway 95. Highway 95 was also blocked with the use of traffic cones along with a YCSO Volunteer directing traffic.

The driver of the silver Honda Accord claims to have fallen asleep and collided into the YCSO Ford 150, pushing it into the YCSO Crown Victoria. Volunteer Clark had opened the door to his YCSO Crown Victoria and his leg was pinned between his door and his vehicle when the impact from the Honda had pushed the YCSO F150 into the YCSO Crown Victoria.

The Volunteer directing traffic had attempted to get the vehicle to turn, but the Honda was not responding to his directions. The Volunteer directing traffic ran out of the way to avoid getting struck by the vehicle.

The Honda was being operated by Mr. Christian Witrado, a 35 year old male from San Luis, Arizona. The driver refused medical attention.

The YCSO F150 was occupied by Deputy Molina. Deputy Molina was transported by Somerton/Cocopah Ambulance to Yuma Regional Medical Center for non life threatening injuries.

The YCSO Crown Victoria was occupied by Volunteer Clark. Volunteer Clark was transported by Somerton/Cocopah Ambulance to Yuma Regional Medical Center for non life threatening injuries.   

The driver of the Honda Accord was cited for Failure to Control and Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device. Alcohol appears not to be a factor.
Information Released By: Sgt. S. Pavlak