Contact: Alfonso Zavala, Lt. Darren Simmons, or Deputy Roxanne Meyer
Phone: (928) 783-4427
DR#2014-2464

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
11:20 AM, January 10, 2014



Injury Traffic Collision

 

Location of Incident: Highway 95 & County 12.5 Street - Yuma, AZ


On Thursday, January 9, 2014 at approximately 7:14 p.m., the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a three vehicle collision which occurred on Highway 95 south of County 12 ½ Street.

The vehicles involved were a tan Chevrolet Silverado three quarter ton pickup; a tan Honda CRV compact SUV; and a tan Honda Odyssey van.

The initial investigation at the scene revealed that the Honda CRV was traveling southbound near County 12½ Street when the driver became aware of an approaching ambulance with lights and sirens activated, and slowed down to transition right into the slow lane. The driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck traveling southbound behind the Honda CRV was not able to slow down in time and rear-ended the Honda CRV.

Once the vehicles came to a stop, the driver and passenger of the Honda CRV exited their vehicle to check on the driver of the Chevrolet pickup who remained in the truck. A family member of the driver of the pickup truck arrived on scene, exited his vehicle, and approached the pickup to provide assistance. As the three stood next to the truck, a Honda Odyssey van traveling southbound rear-ended the Chevrolet pickup truck, and hit all three pedestrians who were attempting to render aid to the pickup truck driver.

The Honda Odyssey was being operated by Mr. Carlos Bojorquez, a 35 year old male from Somerton, Arizona. 

The Honda CRV was being operated by Ms. Maria Balderas, a 73 year old female from Somerton, Arizona. The passenger of the Honda CRV was Alicia Rodriguez, a 61 year old female from Yuma, Arizona.

The Chevrolet Silverado pickup was being operated by Ms. Esmeralda Rios, a 33 year old female from Yuma, Arizona. 

Mr. Bojorquez was transported to the Yuma Regional Medical Center via Rural Metro Fire Ambulance for broken bones. Mr. Bojorquez was later transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital via CareFlight. 

Ms. Balderas was transported to the Yuma Regional Medical Center via Rural Metro Fire Ambulance for broken bones. Ms. Balderas was later transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital via CareFlight. 

Ms. Rodriguez was transported to the Yuma Regional Medical Center via Rural Metro Fire Ambulance for a head injury. Ms. Rodriguez was later transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital via CareFlight. 

Ms. Rios was transported to the Yuma Regional Medical Center via Rural Metro Fire Ambulance neck and back pain.

Mr. Omar Hernandez, a family member of Ms. Rios, was transported the Yuma Regional Medical Center via Rural Metro Fire Ambulance for broken bones.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation; however, alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision.

Information Released By: Alfonso Zavala, Public Information Office