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The victim in the fatal crash Saturday has been identified as Johnny Salsberry, who would have turned 19 on Thursday. His residence was in Maricopa, according to MPD


A 19-year-old man died in a crash on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway overnight, according to Maricopa Police Department.

Emergency personnel were called at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday on a report of a car found off the eastbound lane of MCG Highway. The witnesses said the driver was not responsive and had severe injuries.

The driver was confirmed deceased at the scene. Police have not yet released the name of the driver.

The cause of the crash is not known. MPD is waiting for a determination if impairment was a factor.

Photo by Scott Bartle

The Department of Public Safety has released a description of the three victims in the deadly accident on State Route 347 near Casa Blanca Road Wednesday afternoon.

Two men and one woman, all reportedly in their 20s, died while riding in a Ford Ranger pickup truck on southbound SR 347 Nov. 29, said DPS spokesman Bart Graves. The vehicle was initially described as an SUV.

“For an unknown reason the vehicle crossed the median and went into oncoming (northbound) traffic where it was struck by a semi-truck,” Graves said.

Another male passenger in the Ranger was transported by emergency crews to Chandler Regional Hospital. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

DPS closed northbound SR 347 lanes at Casa Blanca. The closure is expected to last for a few hours. Please take alternate routes.

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Three people in an SUV died Wednesday afternoon in a collision with a semi-truck on northbound State Route 347 at Casa Blanca Road, the Department of Public Safety said.

The accident occurred Nov. 29 at 3:21 p.m. A DPS representative said the tractor trailer may have T-boned the SUV.

Bart Graves, DPS spokesman, said there are no reported injuries to the semi driver at this time.

DPS has shut down the northbound 347 lanes and “expect(s) an extended closure for several hours,” Graves said.

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A second teenager has died after a vehicular accident in Thunderbird Farms Sunday afternoon, Pinal County Sherriff’s Office said Monday morning.

PCSO spokesperson Navideh Forghani said a 16-year-old boy died at the hospital Oct. 30 after a 17-year-old passenger died at the hospital the night before. Both were in wheelchairs at the time of the accident.

Posts on social media said the teens were brothers who were heading home in a minivan with their family from church before the accident Sunday afternoon.

The teens’ father, Nathan Voss, asked for prayers from friends online.

“As a father losing his only two sons, this is not easy. And the battles have only begun. I praise the Lord that He spared my wife, the baby in her womb, our teenage daughter, and our precious baby, Lynndsay, as many of you have come to know through previous trials,” Voss said in a post on Facebook.

According to a social media post by Faith Baptist Church in Maricopa, the brothers were Michael and Matthew.

PCSO said six people were in the minivan Sunday around 2:29 p.m. on Papago Road when a driver in a 2018 black Acura ran the stop sign at the Papago intersection at Ralston Road.

As previously reported, the minivan hit the Acura and rolled, ejecting the 17-year-old passenger who later died at the hospital Oct. 29.

Five of the six passengers were transported to the hospital with varying injuries.

PCSO was still investigating Monday morning and could not specify the pending charges against the driver of the Acura.

Francisco "Pancho" Dearo and Iran "Junior" died in a collision Saturday. Photo GoFundMe


Two young Maricopa residents were killed in a crash on State Route 84 Saturday night.

Francisco Dearo Garcia, 21, and Iran Sanchez, 19, died when the dirt bikes they were riding collided with a car. The incident happened around 8:45 p.m., according the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The car, described as a black sedan, collided with the two dirt bikes in the westbound lane at milepost 163. Dearo Garcia and Sanchez were pronounced dead at the scene.

The occupants of the car were airlifted to an area hospital for unknown injuries. One was reportedly pregnant and wanted to be checked out.

The cause of the collision is under investigation.

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Southbound traffic on SR 347 backed up this morning after a fatal accident at Casa Blanca Road. Photo by Mason Callejas

A fatality on State Route 347 continues to keep the southbound lanes closed as Gila River Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety investigate.

According to GRPD Detective Manuel Duarte, one car back-ended another car stopped at the light at the intersection with Casa Blanca Road at around 4:20 a.m.

“When the at-fault driver exited his vehicle, he was struck by a third vehicle,” Duarte said.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, was taken to Chandler Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.

Southbound traffic has been diverted onto Riggs Road east to Interstate 10. Maricopa-bound traffic has been requested to drive to Casa Grande to take Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway into town.

Though northbound lanes of SR 347 have remained open, traffic was very slow during rush hour.

DPS spokesman Trooper Kameron Lee said his department turned the investigation over to GRPD because a tribal member was involved in the accident. DPS is acting as an assisting agency.

Mercedes "Sadie" Garcia and Luis Garcia were killed in a rollover accident on the I-10. (Go Fund Me photo)

A fund has been set up to help the Maricopa family of two children killed in a traffic accident on Interstate 10 Sunday.

Laureano Ocho Rivera set up the “Garcia & White Family Fund” on GoFundMe.com with the humble goal of $1,000. In one day, more than $5,000 was raised, and donations and condolences continue to come in.

The money is intended to benefit the family of Luis James Garcia, 15, and Mercedes “Sadie” Garcia, 11, who died in the rollover crash.

“Luis and Sadie were taken from us far too soon,” Rivera stated on the fund page. “The pain is felt by an entire community and beyond as this family has touched many of us in one way or another be it from Pee Wee football to Ak-Chin baseball.  Please help us help the family. We love you Adam and Della.”

Nine people were in the Chevy Tahoe that flipped after apparently blowing a tire. Maria Almadelia Farias Cervantes, 23, of Phoenix, died of her injuries later at a hospital. The Garcia children were pronounced dead at the scene.

Six others, including the driver, were injured. One teen has life-threatening injuries.


Mercedes "Sadie" Garcia and Luis Garcia were killed in a rollover accident on the I-10.  (Go Fund Me photo)
Mercedes “Sadie” Garcia and Luis Garcia were killed in a rollover accident on the I-10. (Go Fund Me photo)

By Raquel Hendrickson

A fatal accident on Interstate 10 Sunday afternoon took the lives of three people, including two children from Maricopa.

Six others were injured.

Luis James Garcia, 15, and Mercedes Arissa Garcia, 11, both of Maricopa, were pronounced dead at the scene. Maria Almadelia Farias Cervantes, 23, of Phoenix, died after being transported to a hospital.

According to the Department of Public Safety, a tire blew out on a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV after the tread separated. The vehicle carrying nine people was eastbound near 12th street.

The driver, identified only as a 37-year-old man from Maricopa, apparently lost control of the vehicle. It crossed over the median cable barrier and rolled over, coming to rest in the westbound lanes.

Six people were ejected. The report stated Luis Garcia was struck by a westbound minivan after he was ejected from the SUV.

According to DPS, of the nine people on board, “none of them were properly restrained.”

DPS spokesman Bart Graves said the “active” status of the investigation does not allow the agency to release the name of the driver. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A 14-year-old boy from Maricopa is in critical condition with a life-threatening injury at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. A 12-year-old girl from Maricopa is also at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

A 13-year-old boy whose hometown has not been listed is being treated for a critical injury at PCH.

Minor injuries were sustained by a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old from Phoenix.