A 17-year-old youth who was killed and his friend who was injured in a single-vehicle crash on Twin Peaks Road Wednesday were students at a high school in Marana.
Both boys were seniors at the MCAT alternative school in the Marana Unified School District, according to a news release from the district.
Grief counselors were at the school to provide support for students. Parents were notified about the fatal crash in a letter sent home from the school’s principal.
The driver was identified as Cleve Webster by the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office. The name of the injured boy was not released.
The crash happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday on Twin Peaks Road near the Interstate 10 interchange.
The yellow Chevrolet Camaro was traveling eastbound when the driver lost control, crossed the median into westbound traffic and crashed into the off-ramp retaining wall, Capt. Adam Goldberg, a Northwest Fire District spokesman, said in a news release.
The driver was not wearing a seat belt . He was pronounced dead after arriving at the emergency room at the University of Arizona Medical Center, the release said.
The passenger, who was wearing a seat belt, had serious injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.
“This incident is a very clear indication that the message of seat-belt use truly makes a difference in the potential outcomes of serious auto accidents. These outcomes can be the difference of life and death,” Goldberg said in the release.
Marana police are still investigating the circumstances that caused the crash.