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Police: Three dead in midtown crash after speeding driver rams into second
By Caleb J. Fernández,
The Tucson Police Department is looking into a midtown crash involving seven people in two separate vehicles.
Public Information Officer Sergeant David Fritsch tells KGUN 9 it happened near East Grant Road and North Palo Verde Boulevard around 3 a.m. on Saturday. He says first responders found five people in a gray 2013 Audi A5 who had collided with two others in a gold 1999 Toyota Camry.
Sgt. Fritsch confirms 31-year-old Ronald Cook, the driver of the Toyota, and 35-year-old Kristina Orantez, the passenger, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Audi was made up of the following:
Two men as passengers
Two women as passengers
According to Sgt. Fritsch, emergency crews took three of the Audi passengers to a hospital, where one, 19-year-old Xiomara Encinas-Cruz, later died. While investigating, police discovered the Audi was speeding east on Grand Road with its headlights off when it crashed into northbound Cook on Palo Verde Boulevard in the Toyota, who had just run a stop sign.
Sgt. Fritsch also pointed out an officer with the Impaired Driver Enforcement Unit tested the driver of the Audi. Apparently, the driver did have alcohol in his system, but not enough to cause an arrest.
This investigation remains ongoing. Please stay with KGUN 9 for continuing coverage on if the Pima County Attorney's Office will formally issue charges.
——- Caleb Fernández is a digital content producer for KGUN 9 . After earning his bachelor's degree from Penn State in Advertising/Public Relations, Caleb went to New York where he learned production assistance, photography and art direction. Share your story ideas and important issues with Caleb by emailing email@example.com or by connecting on LinkedIn , Instagram , and Twitter .