Loved ones show condolences of 3 killed in car crash on social m


Loved ones show condolences of 3 killed in car crash on social media


YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - Family and friends continue to mourn the loss of the three Yuma women killed in a car crash that happened Monday morning.

Twenty-nine-year-old Melanie Darlene Jose, 32-year-old Leatrice Tourtillot and 55-year-old Harriet Phillips died when a pickup truck crashed into them.

The deadly crash happened at the intersection of Avenue D and County 9th Street.

Family, friends and loved ones are expressing their deep-felt condolences for all three victims by sharing their thoughts on Facebook. 

According to a mutual Facebook friend two of the victims, Melanie and Leatrice are first cousins and part of the Quechan Tribe and Harriet Phillips is a member of the Cocopah Tribe.

On Facebook, "Leatrice Tourtillott, a mother, friend and daughter," has had a flood of comments on her page.

Virgil White tells 13 On Your Side that Leatrice was a strong and caring person to her family and friends.

White says that even during bad times, Leatrice still had a smile on her face and he admired that.

Leatrice's sister-in-law, Lorena Phillips, is the daughter of 55-year-old Harriet Phillips. She wrote, "We will truly miss you, rest in peace, we will always keep you in our hearts." She then thanked Her for being by her mother's side to the very end.         

A member of the Quechan Tribe tells 13 On your side both tribal communities, the Quechan and Cocopah people, are hurting and doing the best they can to get through this sudden tragedy.

The Yuma County Sherriff's Office says the accident is still under investigation. Deputies are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the deadly crash to please call them at (928) 783-4427.

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