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Teen ejected from vehicle, dies from injuries

Posted at 12:05 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 20:19:01-04
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A 16-year-old has died from his injuries after being ejected from the vehicle during a rollover accident.
 
Sgt. Kimberly Bay, spokesperson with the Tucson Police Department, says the accident happened in the 2700 block of South Golf Links Road around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. 
 
When officers arrived on scene, they located a juvenile on the ground away from the vehicle and immediately began rendering aid.
 
Tucson Fire transported the juvenile to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, but succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.
 
The deceased driver has been identified as 16-year-old Daniel Monarez.
 

Through witness accounts, detectives were able to determine Monarez was driving a 1998 Honda Civic westbound on Golf Links Road.

Police say he was in the median lane stopped for a red light at South Swan Road, behind another vehicle. When the light turned green, both drivers accelerated rapidly through the intersection, said Bay.

 
Both drivers changed lanes to the middle lane near a curve in the road. Monarez then changed lanes back to the median lane where he lost control of the vehicle and struck the raised median. His vehicle rolled over and landed upside down in the westbound lanes of Golf Links Road, said Bay.
 
The driver of the other vehicle continued westbound and was later contacted by police.
 

It does not appear Monarez was wearing his seatbelt, and he was thrown from the vehicle, said Bay.

Monarez's family said he was driving home from work at the time of the accident. He died just before his 17th birthday, which would have been Thursday. 

 

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to call 88-CRIME.

The family is raising money for funeral services for Monarez. You can make a donation here