Local woman booked on manslaughter charge
A Yuma woman is facing multiple felony counts, including one of manslaughter, after lab results showed she was under the influence of alcohol while driving a vehicle that struck a truck and killed an unborn baby and injured 12 others last month.
Court records show Tracey Mixon, 36, was booked on one count of manslaughter, 11 counts of aggravated assault and one count of extreme DUI in connection with the Jan. 22 accident on 32nd Street between Avenues B and C.
Mixon was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban west in the eastbound lane of 32nd Street when she ran head-on into a Nissan pickup driven by Victoria Gates, 57, Yuma police officers have said. Moments after the collision, the pickup was struck from behind by a Toyota van that was following it.
Gates' 18-year-old daughter Maria, a passenger in the Nissan, lost the child with whom she was nine months pregnant, police said, and a total of 12 people, including Mixon and several children, were injured.
In the days following the accident, YPD officers took a blood sample from Mixon and sent it to a state lab, where it was checked for alcohol content.
A field sobriety test couldn't be performed on Mixon immediately after the accident because she required treatment for injuries sustained in the accident, police said previously.
Leanne Worthen, spokeswoman for the YPD, said Tuesday it was unclear when the lab results came back, but said officers arrested Mixon Tuesday morning.
Mixon was booked into the Yuma County Detention Facility Tuesday and later released to the county's pretrial services. The case was continued until Friday to allow the county attorney's office to file a complaint against Mixon, court records show.