On Friday, April 4th, 2014, at 9:10 a.m. a 53-year-old male from Red Rock, reported he was involved in a two vehicle ”sideswipe
” accident on South Owl Head Ranch Road near East Grand Valley Drive, in the unincorporated area of Red Rock.
The male reported he was sideswiped by a 2001 Kia Sport Utility Vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. After stopping to render aid, he noticed the driver (female, age 33 from Marana
) was unresponsive. He assisted the female’s son (age 5 from Marana
) who was in a child safety restraint seat in the rear seat out of the vehicle. The child suffered a laceration to his head during the accident.
Deputies and medical personnel arrived on scene. The female driver was extricated from the Kia and transported by helicopter to a Tucson area hospital, where she later died. The female’s son was also transported by helicopter to the same Tucson area hospital where he was treated and later released.
The male (age 53 from Red Rock
) said he was driving a 1995 Dodge Flatbed Truck on S. Owl Head Ranch Rd., approached a curve in the roadway and was sideswiped by the Kia, which was traveling in the opposite direction. The male driver of the 1995 Dodge was not injured in the collision.
The investigation was turned over to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Vehicular Crimes Unit (VCU
) who determined the Kia was traveling southbound on S. Owl Head Ranch Rd., approached a curve in the roadway, where the 1995 Dodge Truck was traveling northbound. The Kia crossed the centerline of the roadway and impacted (sideswiped
) the Dodge.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “This is a tragic fatal collision where alcohol and drug impairment do not appear to be a factor, but rather speed and inattention. We extend our deep sympathy to the family and friends of this young mother. We urge drivers to slow down when they are not familiar with the roads they are traveling. It only takes a split second distraction or slight error in driving to cause a tragedy like this