A sheriff’s deputy has been released from the hospital after suffering a fractured vertebrae in a rollover accident last weekend in Rio Rico.
According to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received a report at 5:47 a.m. on Saturday of a gas leak at a residence on Paseo Mascota. According to the reporting party, there were young children inside the home who were unresponsive when their parents tried to awaken them.
Deputy Jorge Ainza, a six-year veteran of the sheriff's office, was responding to the call with his lights and siren activated when he lost control of his vehicle while traveling east on Ruby Road, just past the railroad tracks. His SUV rolled three times, trapping him inside.
“Rio Rico Fire Department personnel arrived and due to the severity of the accident needed 40 minutes to safely extract him from the vehicle,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
Ainza was then flown to University Medical Center in Tucson for treatment. Speaking Monday morning, Lt. Raoul Rodriguez of the sheriff’s office said Ainza had been release from the hospital to the care of his own physician after being treated for a fracture of his 11th vertebrae. Rodriguez said it was unclear how long Ainza would be out of work as he recovers from the injury.
As for the original call of the gas leak: “Everyone was safely evacuated and the young children were just fine,” the sheriff’s office said.