Driver arrested in crash off cliff that kills 2 near Tucson

2012-05-24T10:42:00Z 2012-05-24T11:06:28Z Driver arrested in crash off cliff that kills 2 near TucsonVeronica M. Cruz, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Two people were killed and two were injured when the truck they were in rolled off a cliff near Madera Canyon Wednesday night.

Four people were in a 2004 Toyota Tacoma headed west on Box Canyon Road about 9:20 p.m. when the driver, who was later determined to be intoxicated, lost control of the truck. It rolled several times off a cliff, said Sgt. Dawn Barkman, a Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman in a news release.

Deputies rappelled about 200 feet down the cliff and found the bodies of 22-year-old Dustin James Bean and 18-year-old Zaida Ozelle Cruz Pacelli, the release said.

One of them had been thrown from the truck.

Another passenger, Anthony Michael Bencomo, 22, was taken to University of Arizona Medical Center where he remains in serious condition.

The driver, Jacklyn Diane Salazar-Brisacher, who had turned 21 the day of the crash, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and was released.

Deputies determined Salazar-Brisacher was driving under the influence of alcohol and she was arrested on suspicion of two counts of second degree murder and one count of aggravated assault. She was booked into the Pima County jail, the release said.

Contact reporter Veronica Cruz at vcruz@azstarnet.com or 573-4224.

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