Collision results in death of Douglas woman

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Sierra Vista, AZ.  09/19/16. The driver of a four-door Buick sedan will be cited for failure to yield following a two-vehicle accident that resulted in the death of a Douglas woman at the intersection of Highway 90 and E. Charleston Road at about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The female passenger of the Buick was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. She has been identified as 64-year-old Douglas resident Hilda Mathis. The male driver of the Buick, 67-year-old Douglas resident Jerral Mathis, was transported to Canyon Vista Medical Center and then airlifted to Banner University Medical Center in Tucson. He has since been released.

The Sierra Vista Police Department’s investigation indicates that the sedan was heading southbound on Highway 90 and attempted to make a left hand turn onto Charleston Road. Simultaneously, a four-door Isuzu station wagon was traveling northbound on Highway 90 and collided with the Buick in the middle of the intersection. The investigation found that the Isuzu had the right-of-way.

There were two occupants of the Isuzu and neither one required a medical transport from the scene. The investigation found that both occupants of the Isuzu were wearing their seat belts, while Mathis was not.

Investigators found no indication that any intoxicants were involved in the collision. Jerral Mathis will be cited for failure to yield the right-of-way prior to making a left hand turn.

“Accidents like this remind us how suddenly tragedy can strike and how dangerous a seemingly routine activity like driving can be. We urge residents to always take every precaution when operating a motor vehicle,” says Cpl. Tim Wachtel, Public Information Officer for the Sierra Vista Police Department.