Longtime Yuma attorney Wm. Michael Smith was hit by a vehicle Tuesday afternoon while in a marked crosswalk as he was crossing the street at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Giss Parkway.
According to Officer Cruz Vidal of the Yuma Police Department, the accident happened at approximately 3:53 p.m. as Smith was walking back to his office.
Cruz said Smith was walking southbound on 2nd Avenue and was crossing Giss Parkway when he was struck by a grey 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix, which was being driven by 47-year-old Jesus Barrera. Barrera was traveling westbound on Giss Parkway.
“He was coming back from court when this happened,” said Allan Bowman, Smith's co-partner at the Bowman & Smith law firm. “It was a total shock to us because we were wondering where he was.”
Smith, 70, was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. Bowman said Smith's injuries include multiple breaks in his left leg, a broken shoulder, a cracked pelvis, and some bruising to the face and head.
“He is still in intensive care at the hospital. He is doing a lot better now,” Bowman said. “He is going to be okay.”
A witness to the accident said that the driver was travelling at a high rate of speed when he hit Smith, who knocked about 10 feet in the air, Bowman said. The witness also stated that it didn't seem like the driver saw Smith or attempted to slow down or stop.
Bowman also said that all of Smith's children are with him at the hospital and that doctors are saying he could be released in about 10 to 14 days.
Smith is the former chairman of the Yuma Democratic Party and former Yuma County attorney. He has also been a special deputy Yuma County attorney and general counsel for the Cocopah Indian Tribe since 1983. His son, Jon R. Smith, is the current Yuma County attorney.
No citations have been issued. The case is under investigation.
The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to call 783-4421 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.
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