FLORENCE, Ariz. – A two vehicle collision Friday evening has claimed the life of a local teen.
On 9/14/2012 at approximately 6:24 p.m., a 2006 GMC pickup driven by Felipe Urias, 27, of Toltec, heading eastbound along W Phillips Road, went through a posted stop sign at the intersection of Chuichu Road and struck a 1987 Ford Bronco, driven by Albert Arias, 17, of Casa Grande, heading northbound.
|Arias’ vehicle pictured as it came to rest following the collision.|
Arias was severely injured during the collision when his SUV struck a utility pole.
Medical units responded and transported Arias via air from the scene Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix where he passed away the following day.
It is estimated Urias was traveling at an excessive rate of speed and failed to yield when he went through the posted intersection, striking Arias’ vehicle.
Arias was a three year member with the Casa Grande Police Department’s Youth Explorer post #2920, and was preparing for a career in law enforcement.
Speed and inattention are likely contributing factors in the collision.
It should be noted, Urias was arrested and cited by a PCSO patrol deputy on 2/22/2012 for Criminal Speed
after he was found to be traveling 85 mph in a posted 50 mph zone.
Additional charges are possible pending a full investigation, which is ongoing.
ʺOur hearts and prayers go out to Albert Ariasʹ family following this senseless tragedy
,ʺ Sheriff Paul Babeu said. ʺWeʹre grieving with the Casa Grande Police Department as they cope with losing one of their finest Youth Explorers, who had a bright future in law enforcement. To see a young personʹs life cut short by someone who has already demonstrated reckless behavior behind the wheel is extremely disappointing