14th Avenue crash victim identified
The Marine involved in a serious one-vehicle crash Wednesday, resulting in his hospitalization, has been identified by police as 19-year-old Sonney Elliot.
Elliot is a lance corporal serving with Marine Aviation Control Squadron 1 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. The squadron provides aerial surveillance, air traffic control, ground-controlled intercept and aviation data-link connectivity for the 1 Marine Expeditionary Force.
Elliot remains at Yuma Regional Medical Center, where he is being treated for serious injuries.
A 1-year-old passenger was treated at the hospital Wednesday for minor injuries. The child has since been released, “undoubtedly as a result of properly being secured in a child restraint device,” the Yuma Police Department stated.
The accident happened in the 1200 block of 14th Avenue at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday. An initial police investigation revealed a 2005 Ford Focus, being driven by Elliot and occupied by the 1-year-old child, was northbound on 14th Avenue.
For reasons still under investigation, Elliot drove to the left side of the road and collided with a cinderblock wall at a private residence at 12th Lane and 14th Avenue.
YPD encourages any witnesses of the crash to call accident investigator Clay Lawson at 373-4700, or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.