Teenage Girl, Elderly Woman Injured in Separate Yuma Car Accidents

A teenage girl was injured this week when she was hit by a car while crossing a street on her bicycle. Two separate accidents that occurred earlier in the week inflicted injuries on a cyclist and a pedestrian, according to reports.

Police in Yuma responded early this week to a number of incidents in the city proper. The Yuma Sun reports that on the afternoon of September 13, police officers were called to the scene of an accident where a young girl was allegedly struck by a car while riding her bicycle.

Moreover, Yuma police were similarly called to the scene of yet another accident involving an elderly woman. She is reported to have been hit by a car as well. The two incidents were unrelated, according to officials from the police department.

Yuma police reports indicate the young girl was hit on Tuesday when she was riding her bike. The 14-year-old girl is said to have been crossing 8th Street from 7th Avenue at the time of incident. Her identity was not given because she is a juvenile, but police said she sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the accident. She was later taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center as a safety precaution.

Traffic headed in either direction reportedly stopped for the young girl to cross on her bicycle, but a car traveling eastbound in the outside lane failed to slow, police said. The driver of the 2000 Mazda four-door sedan was later identified as Solomon Sanchez.

Yuma police officials said Sanchez, who is 79 years old and a resident of Somerton, failed to observe the girl crossing. According to The Sun, he was cited for failure to stop for a pedestrian and using a restricted license; he was also cited for not having car insurance, officials affirmed.

Police officers also said the elderly woman who was involved in a Yuma car accident on Monday was struck while crossing a street at the intersection of 1St Street and 6th Avenue. The woman is said to have been crossing the street at around 7:20 p.m. when a Dodge Pickup truck hit her.

Yuma Police Department spokesman Sergeant Clint Norred said the accident is still under investigation. The police force has declined to speculate as to what prompted the incident.

The elderly woman’s identity was withheld, according to the news provider. She allegedly sustained significant injuries because of the crash, and was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center. However, she was reportedly later flown to Phoenix for further treatment.