Yuma woman hit by car, suspect faces felony charges

YUMA, Ariz. –  A Yuma woman is recovering in a Phoenix intensive care unit after she was hit and dragged by a car outside her home Sunday morning. The incident happened in front of 2675 S. Nogales Ave. in Yuma. Armida Morales says her daughter, 20-year-old Ashlly Montes, attempted to stop her roommate’s ex-boyfriend, Jordan Silva, from taking the roommate into his car without consent. In the process, Silva allegedly hit Montes with his car as he sped off, making matters worse.

Morales said, “When he sped up to leave the scene my daughter was dragged and then thrown across because of the force or the speed.”

Yuma police say Montes and a second man were hit in the incident and taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center. Silva turned himself in to police.  He faces five felony charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and failure to stop at a scene of injury or fatal accident, and criminal damage. Silva is being held on a $75,000 bond and will see a judge in Justice Court Aug. 12.

“I really hope that these charges go through and that he is punished for what he did, I mean my daughter is laying in a hospital bed sedated for most of the day because of the pain that she is suffering. She’s looking at not being on her feet for the next three months,” said Morales.

Montes was flown to St. Joseph’s hospital in Phoenix. She suffers from a shattered ankle with torn ligaments, an open wound on her knee that will require a skin graft to cover, as well as a broken pelvis. She also has burns across her body and face from the pavement.

Her mother says Montes will need acute physical therapy to recover but has no insurance. In the meantime, Montes has no health insurance and her family look to the community for help with medical expenses for her road to recovery. A Go Fund Me page  has been set up by friends where you can contribute. Morales says it is estimated that it will take at least three months before Montes will be able to stand.

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