Teen dies, 4 more injured in rollover crash
Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A teen is killed and four others are injured in a rollover crash on Tucson's west-side early Saturday morning.
The crash happened in the area of Starr Pass Blvd. and La Cholla Blvd., just before 1:30 a.m.
Gabriel Casillas, 16, was killed in the accident. Authorities say the crash involved a single-vehicle, which had rolled over.
Authorities were called initially to a report of a brush fire in the area of Starr Pass and Mission Road around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Tucson Fire. When authorities arrived at the scene, they found a car that was on fire and had rolled off of the roadway. Authorities also found several injured passengers who were all clear of the vehicle that was on fire.
Authorities say it appeared that some may have been ejected during the rollover. Detectives interviewed witnesses at the scene. They say that the five had been traveling westbound on West Starr Pass in a Black 2003 4-door Volkswagon Jetta. The driver of the vehicle lost control of it just east of the intersection with South La Cholla Road.
Casillas is believed to have been a passenger in the vehicle, according to police.
Fire crews extinguished the fire and the officer requested additional resources to the scene. A total of 5 passengers were found, according to authorities.
Authorities say it took twenty-two firefighters and 9 units (four Paramedic units) thirty-two minutes to get the last patient transported.
The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, as is the status of the patients.
Tucson Police are handling the investigation.
Safety Message from Tucson Police: Always wear your seat belt!
In the U.S., the leading cause of death among those ages 5-34 is from motor vehicle crashes. Data collected by NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) show that more than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. Serious crash-related injuries and deaths can be reduced by approximately 50% by wearing seat belts.