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UPDATE: Driver arrested after deadly 5-vehicle crash on South Nogales Highway

Edward Trejo
Edward Trejo(Pima County Sheriff's Department)
Published: Sep. 19, 2021 at 12:54 PM MST|Updated: Sep. 20, 2021 at 1:55 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The driver of one of five vehicles involved in a deadly crash early Sunday, Sept. 19, on South Nogales Highway is facing several charges, including driving under the influence.

Edward Trejo, 54, was booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center for manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal collision, endangerment, criminal damage, and driving under the influence, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Information from PCSD says Trejo initially left the scene but returned later.

60-year-old Rafael Caballero was pronounced dead at the scene near East Helen Marie Drive. No one else was injured.

Nogales Highway, between St. Josephs Court and Aerospace Parkway, was closed for almost 12 hours as deputies investigated. The roadway was reopened by 1:30 p.m.

According to PCSD, the preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge flatbed truck driven by Trejo was southbound on Nogales Highway when it crossed the center line and sideswiped a Dodge Ram pickup truck traveling north at about 12:45 a.m. The Dodge flatbed truck then struck a northbound Ford F-150 driven by Caballero. Two other vehicles, a Honda Civic and a Ford sedan, struck debris from the collision immediately after it occurred.

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