On Friday, April 4, 2014, at approximately 10:05 p.m., the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of the Gila Gravity Canal south of Mittry Lake, in reference to a report of a single vehicle collision.
Investigation at the scene revealed that a white 2012 Chevrolet pickup was traveling northeast on a dirt access road along the Gila Gravity Canal when the vehicle ran off the roadway to the right and entered the Gila Gravity Canal and became submerged. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Mr. Colton Garrett Whiteside, 21, years of age from Chillicothe, Missouri. There was one passenger in the vehicle identified as Mr. Kurt Allen Schenker, 19 years of age, from Erie, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Colton Garret Whiteside and Mr. Kurt Allen Schenker were both transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center by Rural Metro Fire Department. Mr. Colton Garret Whiteside was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released. Mr. Kurt Allen Schenker was pronounced deceased at Yuma Regional Medical Center. Next of Kin notification has been made.
Alcohol does appear to be a contributing faction in the collision.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case, please contact the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 783-4427.