Young Girl Fatally Struck in Deadly Accident on Grande Avenue in Tucson

TUCSON, AZ (June 15, 2021) – Tuesday night, 8-year-old Yarel Ruiz, was killed in a deadly hit-and-run crash on Congress Street.

The crash took place at the intersection of Congress Street and Grande Avenue, just west of I-10.

Per reports, a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro was traveling west on Congress and ran a red light at the junction. The Camaro then collided with a 2017 Hyundai Sonata as it was heading north on Grande Avenue.

Brent William Youvella, 35, was put into the Pima County Jail on a felony charge of fleeing the scene of a major injury/fatal crash.

The Chevrolet driver’s inability to stop at a red light and high speed were cited as contributing reasons to the incident. He was later arrested on Thursday at his residence in the 500 block of West Thurber Road.

At this time, the investigation remains ongoing. Once available, more information will be provided.


Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Yarel Ruiz during this tragic time.


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