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Family and friends of the late Joshua Call gathered at Raceway Bar & Grill Tuesday to remember the Maricopa man who died after a construction accident in Sorrento. Call, 30, was a graduate of Maricopa High School.

A wife and mother, 19-year-old Angel Coffman passed away Wednesday. (GoFundMe)

Angel Coffman did not survive her injuries in a house fire Wednesday, and her family is concentrating on the well-being of her young son, who was also injured, and her husband, also named Angel, who is stationed at Fort Bliss.

“We still don’t know who was brave and went in the house to get her son out, but he’s a hero,” her aunt, Marisol Reyes, said. “We will still have a little something of her here on earth. His name is Christopher Angel Diaz. He will be so loved.”

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family.

The oldest of four children, Angel Coffman, 19, was born in Mesa and grew up mostly in Queen Creek and Stanfield before the family moved to Maricopa in 2007. She met her future husband at Sequoia Pathway Academy while they were still students.

“Angel was a smart, energetic, fun-loving person,” Reyes said. “She had a contagious laugh and beautiful smile.”

She graduated a year early to get married and have her son Christopher, who will turn 2 on Oct. 15. Angel would have been 20 in November. Her husband was setting up a home for them at Fort Bliss while Angel stayed in the Tortosa home of her parents, Lupe and Brandon Coffman. Reyes said she was very supportive of her husband’s dream to be in the U.S. Army.

“This weekend, she was going to pack all her belongings and move to Fort Bliss, where they had stationed her husband,” Reyes said. “She was excited to have her perfect little family.”

The house fire was reported on Nina Street at around 10:10 a.m. Wednesday. Neighbors apparently rescued two teens and Christopher from the inferno by the time fire units arrived. Firefighters brought Angel out of the house, reporting she had critical injuries from the fire.

“We don’t know what happened exactly, and it hurts that we won’t ever possibly, but we do know she put up a fight,” Reyes said.

Community outreach has been swift. It is not the first time the Coffman family has received such support from Maricopa in terrible circumstances. Her father was paralyzed three years ago in a motorcycle accident.

Besides taking a precious life, Wednesday’s fire also destroyed most of the family’s belongings, including Brandon’s medical supplies.

A Maricopa woman died Monday night after a wrong-way driver collided with her vehicle on State Route 347 near Riggs Road, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

A vehicle driven by Julissa Torres, 26, was struck head-on by a motorist traveling northbound in the southbound lane at approximately 8:22 p.m. on May 14. The local woman was pronounced dead on-scene.

The driver of the alleged at-fault vehicle, 70-year-old Karen Ankiewicz of Sun City West, was also deceased when emergency crews arrived, DPS said.

Investigators do not know if impairment or a medical issue were factors. DPS said the investigation is on-going.

A 26-year-old man and a 4-year-old child inside Torres’ red 2010 Chrysler 300 were admitted to the hospital with non-life threatening-injuries. A 1-year-old child in the same vehicle was evaluated and released, according to DPS.

The wrong-way fatal collision caused a third accident involving a white 2002 Pontiac sedan. DPS said a 57-year-old male driver struck Torres’ vehicle after the initial collision. That driver and a 13-year-old passenger were admitted to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A 15-year-old passenger was treated and released, DPS said.

The southbound lanes re-opened shortly before 4 a.m., May 15.

 

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A 17-year-old boy in a wheelchair died at the hospital Sunday after being ejected from a vehicle in a two-car collision in Thunderbird Farms, a spokeswoman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said.

The fatal accident occurred at approximately 2:29 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the intersection of Ralston and Papago Roads in unincorporated Maricopa.

Prior to the collision, a gray minivan carrying at least five passengers was westbound on Papago Road.

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Navideh Forghani said a driver of a 2018 black Acura driving north on Ralston failed to stop at the intersection’s stop sign and continued north through the roadway.

The driver of the minivan struck the rear passenger-side of the Acura, causing the van to spin into the northwest corner of the intersection and roll onto its side, Forghani said.

“In the middle row seats of the van were two individuals who were in wheel chairs. One of those individuals was ejected from the vehicle,” Forghani said. “That 17-year-old died from his injuries at the hospital.”

Forghani said the second person in a wheel chair received “moderate injuries.”

A 1-year-old and a 39-year-old in the rear seat of the minivan were both uninjured. Another person in the van, described by PCSO as a juvenile, suffered a broken arm.

Charges are pending against the driver of the Acura. PCSO said that driver’s condition is unknown.

Residents nearby reported hearing sirens, seeing a medivac helicopter and multiple emergency responders at the scene Sunday afternoon.

The minivan’s “entire left side (was) ripped off,” said Amy Rogers-Boterman who lives in a neighborhood not far from the intersection.

The Acura’s “front end (was) completely smashed,” Rogers-Boterman said. “(It) looked like one of the people in the minivan was dressed up to go somewhere.”

PCSO has not released the victim’s name.