Avra Valley residents speak out about dangerous road conditions
Angelina Carrasco; perished in flood waters near Manville Trail and Sandario Road.
Web Producer: Alexis Fernandez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A memorial has been created near a flooded wash in the Avra Valley where the life of Angelina Carrasco, 52, was taken after she was swept away in her vehicle.
Her brother Rodolfo Diaz, declined an interview but was near the scene with family nearby.
He says his sister Angelina was on her way back from a casino with her husband Jerry just after midnight on Friday when they were swept away in their car in the Brawley Wash.
Jerry somehow managed to get out of the vehicle, but Angelina wasn't as lucky.
A tragedy, Avra Valley residents Amy and Coty Beaman say could have been prevented had there been more warnings.
"There's signs usually put up… barricade in the middle of the road, this time there wasn't," said Coty Beaman.
"If it's the middle of the night and it's dark, and you're not familiar with the road, the water comes up and covers the whole ditch, and by that point it's too late," said Amy Beaman.
The Beaman's say they're frustrated with the condition of the roads where they live.
"The things that you need to survive are on the other side of that mountain, and we have to get there, and this is the main thoroughfare," said Amy.
We asked Captain Adam Goldberg with Northwest Fire why roads haven't been improved? He said cost was part of the problem.
"We're not going to fix and put bridges at every roadway crossing and river crossing… dip in the roadway in my lifetime, and many others to come," he said. "We fix the problem by continuing to educate people about the dangers of moving water."
But the Beaman's say it's about preventing future tragedies from happening.
"I think a life is more important than what it would take to make these roads safer when it rains," he said.
Carrasco's husband is still being treated for a broken pelvis at a local hospital.