Teen killed in collision with semi

Emergency personnel and investigators work the scene of a fatal, two-vehicle collision Tuesday morning on U.S. 95 between Atlantic Avenue and Avenue 3E. The highway was closed to traffic in both directions during the investigation. 

U.S. Highway 95 was closed between Avenue 3E and Atlantic Avenue Tuesday morning following a fatal crash involving a semi-truck and a green sedan, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Agency spokesperson Lt. Samuel Pavlak said the crash, which was a head-on type collision, happened at approximately 9:42 a.m. in what is the 2700 block of 16th Street.

Pavlak said the initial investigation revealed that a white 2015 Peterbilt truck pulling two flatbed trailers was traveling eastbound on 16th Street approaching Avenue 3E, at the same time as a green 1995 Toyota Camry sedan was traveling westbound on 16th Street passing Avenue 3E.

Witnesses to the collision reported that the Camry, for unknown reasons, veered out of the westbound lanes, entered the eastbound lanes, and struck the Peterbilt truck.

The driver of the Peterbilt truck, Ignacio Hernandez-Ramirez, 62, of Yuma, was assessed on scene for minor injuries sustained during the collision.

The driver of the Camry, identified as 19-year-old Fernando Palencia-Velasco, also of Yuma, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced deceased on scene.

Next of kin notification has been made and this case is pending further investigation. Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in this collision.

U.S. Highway 95 was closed for several hours as a result of the crash with westbound traffic being diverted onto Avenue 3E and eastbound traffic on to Atlantic Avenue.

The roadway was reopened shortly before 3 p.m.

James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

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