TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Two people were killed and three others injured in a single-vehicle crash on Arivaca-Sasabe Road on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department and Border Patrol are investigating the crash as a smuggling attempt.
The PCSD said Constantino Bautista Cruz, 37, and Efrain Medrano-Morales, 28, were killed in the accident. Both were Mexican citizens.
Border Patrol agents tried to pull over a vehicle driving “suspiciously” west of Arivaca at around 4:30 p.m. The driver tried to flee from agents but crashed near Milepost 3.
The alleged driver, a 17-year-old juvenile, was arrested and could face two counts of first-degree murder, two counts or aggravated assault, criminal damage, unlawful flight from law enforcement and DUI.
“This is an incident where smugglers showed that they really don’t care about the people that they are transporting,” said Pete Bidegain, branch chief of the Tucson Sector Border Patrol. “These are dangerous incidents and unfortunately this is just another mark that shows they care more about the dollar more than human life.”
Authorities have not said whether anyone else was taken into custody or if either of the two people who died were in the country illegally.
Officials have reopened the road, which was closed for several hours during the investigation. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is leading this investigation and is expected to release more information once the investigation wraps up.