Tucson woman in June rollover dies from her injuries

2013-07-23T18:19:00Z Tucson woman in June rollover dies from her injuriesKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 23, 2013 6:19 pm  • 

A Tucson woman seriously injured in a June rollover has died.

Alicia Deegan, 18, was in a car driven by Angel Ruelas, 19, in the early morning hours of June 23, when the SUV they were in rolled off a dirt road on the west side, in the 2400 block of West 44th Street west of South La Cholla Boulevard, Sgt. Maria Hawke, spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release.

Deegan, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the SUV.

Ruelas, who had minor injuries, “fled from the scene of the collision, but was later returned to the area by a family member,” Hawke said.

Deegan was taken to a local hospital and later flown via medical helicopter to Barrow Neurological Institute in the Phoenix. She died Monday night at a Phoenix area hospice, Hawke said.

“The preliminary investigative findings indicated that Mr. Ruelas may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision,” Hawke said.

The day of the rollover, Ruelas was booked into the Pima County jail and faced felony charges. Hawke did not provide information on what new charges Ruelas may face in Deegan’s death.

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