Police still investigating crash that killed teen Friday
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A young girl has passed away after she was involved in a multiple-vehicle accident Friday afternoon.
Sierra Vista police responded to a call about a multiple-vehicle accident near Coronado Drive and Laurel Lane at around 4:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, according to Cpl. Scott Borgstadt with the Sierra Vista Police Department.
Once on scene, emergency responders discovered the four vehicles were involved in the accident, Borgstadt said.
Four people were injured in the accident, two of them were taken to the hospital in an ambulance and two others were transported via helicopter with serious injuries.
One of the people in the helicopter was 18-year-old Deborah Marie Schumacher. Schumacher later died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the accident, Borgstadt said.
Schumacher was a passenger in the car that veered into the southbound lane, according to Lt. Lawrence Boutte with the Sierra Vista Police Department. The driver of that same vehicle was the other patient transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Detectives from the SVPD Special Operations Bureau responded to the scene to help police determine the cause of the accident.
The initial investigation revealed that Schumacher was a passenger in a car that was hit by a minivan and a pickup truck, Boutte said.
A second minivan was driving behind the car. It went off the road to avoid the accident and struck a house, according to Boutte. One person in the northbound minivan was sent to the hospital.
During the investigation, 19-year-old Jade Tyler Ideus told police he was just a passenger in one of the vehicles involved in the accident. Police later discovered that Ideus was the driver of one of the vehicles, Borgstadt tells 9OYS.
Ideus was then arrested for providing false information to law enforcement, a misdemeanor charge.
The accident remains under investigation at this time. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Sgt. Chris Hiser at 520-452-7500 or Sierra Vista Police Department at 520-452-7500.