Parker, AZ Four Vehicle Crash, Aug 1998


Parker (AP) - Four people from Somerton were among the seven killed in a four-vehicle crash on a highway in far western Arizona.
Ten people were injured in Monday's crash on Arizona 95 about 20 miles south of Parker, just inside the Colorado River Indian Reservation. Five remained hospitalized yesterday, two of them in critical condition.
Ken Schwab, the tribal police chief, said a pickup apparently went off the road and overcorrected, swinging into oncoming traffic.
The driver of the truck, DARRELL ASPA, 31, of Parker, and two passengers, RANDALL PEARSON, 36, of Bouse, and CAROL WELSH TOMPKINS, 40, of Parker, were killed.
The truck hit a small station wagon, a minivan and then a semi truck, Schwab said.
Four people in the minivan were killed and five were injured. Schwab said the occupants were from Somerton, near Yuma, ,but he didn't know if they were members of one family.
Those killed in the minivan were JESUS LOPEZ, the driver, and 1-year-old DARIO LOPEZ; 7-year-old OSBALDO LOPEZ and 9-year-old FABIAN LOPEZ.

Arizona Daily Star Tucson 1998-08-05