Update on Fatal Crash

On Monday September 23, 2013 at 09:53 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received several 9-1-1 calls related to a single vehicle rollover crash on N. Ironwood Drive, north of Germann Road, in San Tan Valley.

Deputies arrived on scene within minutes of the crash and observed a single vehicle west of Ironwood Road. The driver of the vehicle had lost control and then the vehicle rolled several times. The driver later identified as Anthony Garcia-Puerto (age 23 of Mexico) was ejected from the vehicle after it began to roll due to the fact he was not wearing his seatbelt. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The passenger in the vehicle was later identified as Clifton Chiquito (age 32 of Phoenix)was wearing his seatbelt. He was able to crawl out of the passenger side window of the vehicle after the crash. He was transported to Mountain Vista Medical Center for injuries he sustained to his neck and right arm. His injuries are considered non-life threatening.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office – Vehicular Crimes Unit responded and conducted the investigation. Several witnesses who had also been traveling northbound on Ironwood reported the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed (80 to 90 mph). They observed it weaving in and out of traffic. They saw the vehicle leave the roadway and drive onto the right shoulder. The driver over corrected and then lost control of his vehicle in the depressed median as the vehicle crossed into on-coming traffic and then rolled down the embankment.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “According to Chiquito both he and Puerto had each consumed 6 to 8 beers that morning before they left to visit a family member in Mesa. Chiquito said that Puerto was driving recklessly and lost control of his vehicle. A case of beer was located inside the vehicle where several empty cans and bottles were found.”

No criminal or civil charges are pending due to the fact this is a single vehicle crash and the driver is deceased.

Courtney Trumbull (1187 Posts)

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