Two dead in Amarillo Valley Road crash identified

Two people were killed after a two-vehicle collision on Amarillo Valley Road south of Maricopa Tuesday night.

According to Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Clark, Elizabeth Cruz, 57, and Francisco Rendon, 63, died at the scene.

The incident happened just before 7 p.m. near the intersection with Teel Road.

Clark said Cruz and Rendon were traveling north in a Hyundai SUV when their vehicle collided with another northbound vehicle, a pickup truck, and then veered off of Amarillo Valley Road into a drainage canal. Cruz and Rendon were ejected from the SUV.

Cruz was identified from her driver’s license and was the registered owner of the SUV. Clark said the two were not married but had been together for more than 30 years and had children in common.

It is not known which of the deceased was driving the SUV. No criminal charges are expected, as it is believed to be accidental, with fault for the collision with the deceased.

There were no reported injuries to the other driver involved.

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