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1/25/2013 6:01:00 AM
Wreck, serious injuries lead to assault charge
HERBERTA SCHROEDER/CourtesyFirst responders tend to an accident victim at a wreck on Andy Devine Road Wednesday evening.
HERBERTA SCHROEDER/Courtesy
First responders tend to an accident victim at a wreck on Andy Devine Road Wednesday evening.

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - An illegal immigrant who caused a head-on collision around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault by the Kingman Police Department.

Police say Andres Murgia Ortiz was driving a silver Dodge Durango east on the left-hand lane of Andy Devine Avenue and was attempting to merge into the turn lane when he veered into oncoming traffic and struck a woman who was driving a Nissan Sentra.

Witnesses told police that they saw the Durango swerving prior to the accident.

"(Her) car went up into the air, rotated and came down facing Uptown Drug," said KPD Sgt. Bob Fisk.

Both vehicles suffered major damage, and both drivers were transported to the Kingman Regional Medical Center.

The woman sustained internal injuries, broken ribs and a head injury, Fisk said. She possibly has several fractures as well, he added.

Ortiz had chest pain and was released from the hospital at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Fisk said Ortiz was arrested at Motel 6 East after his release from the hospital.

Ortiz's blood will be analyzed by the Department of Public Safety to determine if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, Fisk said.

As for the aggravated assault charge, Fisk said it comes down to the fact that his driving caused serious physical injury to another person.

"In this instance, the intent doesn't matter," Fisk said.

Ortiz faces this charge and possibly others - pending the blood analysis - before being deported.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Article comment by: R .

Here we sit, angry and complaining about the illegals in this country while our government does nothing about it and actually fights us tooth and nail...

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Debbie Schupp

My daughter was driving home from work that night right behind the accident in her SUV. In fact. The SUV in the photo looks just like hers. She said she heard a loud "BOOM" and saw two cars headlights with no one in them facing her car. (I assumed bother drivers were on the seats) If she han't caught a red light it would have been her. This could have been my baby. I hope the lady has a full recovery. But I am so glad it wasn't my daughter.

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

Grade school
The hate in this town is disgusting and I remember the same thing being said when Bush or Reagan were presidents with the hate coming from your side, so maybe you should look in a mirror.


Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Jimi Lightfoot

Why blame a person or an illiegal? Let's just ban silver Dodge Durangos.

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: np .....

an article by columnist Devvy Kidd states that, as of 2004, the rate of uninsured motorists in Los Angeles and San Jose, California where criminal invaders abound was at nearly 90% ! No wonder they're going to give driver licenses to these people (then, for most practical day-to-day purposes, they'll be equal to U.S. citizens). And if this guy was driving a late-model SUV, I doubt that he was "taking a job no American ckitizen would do"!

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: gun owner 000

If memory serves, anybody who is here illegally is not subject to he laws and statutes of the land. Of course, they ARE violating the law by entering the country illegally, but, after that, all bets are off.

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Made it past grade school

"Ortiz faces this charge and possibly others - pending the blood analysis - before being deported."

Can`t be any clearer than that. He`s NOT going to just be deported, NOT going to collect disability, nor is he going to "rot in hell". And why is Obama being mentioned, did he sneak him across the border personally? The hate in this town is disgusting!


Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: michael pearson sr.

i would arrest him for attempted murder, if for no other charge. that way he goes to jail, not back to mexico just to come back and drive here again, and maybe cause another accident.. now the lady will have to fight her insur. com. to pay for his cause.

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

Oh come on people, Obama's support for some of the illegals, uh excuse me, undocumented workers I believe is the liberal PC wording, helped get him re-elected. They are the politicians (especially the Democrat party) best pawn in the accumulation of votes, have some respect for the criminals.

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

Really? Try reading again...he was released from the hospital, not custody. I'll lay odds he was either cuffed to a bed or escorted by LE the whole time and when KRMC said go, LE said come with us.

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: J B

And who is going to pay her bills????

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“doubt this will make in the comments as this paper is all about obama.”

And another absolutely hilarious comment makes it here. Gotta love these!


Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Laura McNabb-Scher

Why is it that the illegals are the ones who cause a majority of the accidents. They are usually uninsured too. I was hit by one many years ago. It totaled my car as I was the "sandwich" car. I send get well wishes to the lady still in the hospital. Oh and as for the illegal they usually run back to Mexico or change their names (again). Thanks Janet Napalatano!

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

what is an illegal doing being here, let alone driving a car....oh wait....he is probably drawing social security disability, his children are all getting free scholarships and his relatives are on a plane to join them at tax payers expense......isn't liberalism grand!

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Pinto Beans

Wait a minute on that deportation issue. Obama may just cut yet another Executive Order preventing that. I mean the guy was just a hard working ILLEGAL, doing the jobs that Americans won't do.

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

What part of illegal don't they get? It was never mentioned as one of the laws this fellow broke.
If the left has their way he will wind up on social security disability (if he isn't already) his kids will get free scholar ships and all of his relatives will be flown into the US....of course this is a joke as all these things has probably been done.


Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Freedom Lover

If Obama would enforce our immigration laws, this probably would not have happened.

But he is more interested in taking the rights away from law abiding citizens.


Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: alot ofQuestions

why wont they deport that illegle if he caused this i figured that would be the right thing to do.

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: mr. parker

What? This never would've happened if he had a drivers' license, registration and proof of insurance.

He has every right to break laws in the US,he's an illegal, all charges should be dropped and he should receive medical care and a free attorney to defend himself.


Of course, if BOzo had secured the border properly, he wouldn't have crawled in,this woman would not have been injured, the taxpayer would not be on the hook for this scum for all the years he'll be in prison. I hate stories like this.

Google Deputy Frank Fabiano, I knew him.


Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Del Ray

take a look at California's hit and run problem, at 50%. Why? illegal aliens, with no insurance not wanting to be deported. coming to a town near you!

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: CALIFORNIAN DRIVERS

This is the fruit of a "Classic Californian" driving stunt. Please let example this serve notice that the middle lane of a 5 lane highway is for LEFT TURNING MOVEMENTS OFF OF THE ROADWAY!!! Welcome to the United States and drive safely.

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Go Figure

Yep.We are safe. No more illegals. BULL CRAP to This administration. Hope the illegal sob rots in hell. doubt this will make in the comments as this paper is all about obama.

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

An illegal in an accident, how UN-politically correct can you get. Usually the press does not mentioning the horrible word "illegal"
Some how this "illegal" will be made out to be the victim and will go on social security disability, given a home and all his kids will get scholarships to the best schools plus his relatives in Mexico will be sent for and given houses.....if the left gets their way!

The illegal knows he will come out of this smelling like a rose....what a country and it is getting worse!
What about the charge of being illegal? That was never mentioned......


Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

Its way past time to get these vermin OUT of this country..they are illegal invaders! Now this innocent will suffer and pay for years for treatment while the scum illegal will get free medical....what is wrong with this picture?

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody SR

HOLD ON ! he will be deported? he will NOT face any charges? we all know he will be back here in a day or two! so he gets away with almost killing a US citizen!!! I see where my actions will change if I'm involved in an accident with an illegal, if I want any justice, it'll be up to me.
this is sad, tell me again why we let them get away with this!



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