Alejandro Talamantes


A man who was a passenger in a vehicle hauling marijuana bales was killed in a two-vehicle crash southwest of Tucson Wednesday night, authorities said.

Pima County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 7:15 p.m. crash in the intersection of South Sorrel Lane and West Tetakusim Road, said Deputy Tom Peine, a sheriff's spokesman.

Investigators determined a Ford Explorer was eastbound on Tetakusim and a Nissan car was headed south on Sorrell when the vehicles collided in the intersection, Peine said.

The SUV then struck a wall and came to rest on its roof in a front yard of a house in the 7500 block of South Fitzwater Avenue, Peine said. No one was injured at the house, he said.

Drexel Heights Fire District paramedics took a woman, who was driving the sedan, to a hospital, Peine said.

A helicopter took a man in the SUV to a hospital, and another man in the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene, Peine said. He was identified later as Robert Carrasco Gamez, 55, of Tucson.

Investigators found that six people were in the SUV, and four got out of the vehicle after the crash.

A truck pulled up to the scene and the four people began to load what appeared to be marijuana bales into the truck. Two people climbed into the truck and left the area, and it is unknown what happened to the other two, Peine said.

Inside the SUV, deputies found a burlap bag containing about 25 pounds of marijuana, Peine said.