Tucson teen dies from injuries in May crash

2013-06-17T17:15:00Z 2013-06-17T19:13:41Z Tucson teen dies from injuries in May crashCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 17, 2013 5:15 pm  • 

A teen died from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash May 27 in central Tucson.

Jeremy Echeandia, 17, died Sunday at University of Arizona Medical Center, said Sgt. Maria Hawke, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman.

On May 27 at 9:27 p.m., police were dispatched to a crash in the 5000 block of East Golf Links Road, near South Craycroft Road, Hawke said.

The drivers of both vehicles and the passengers suffered serious injuries and were taken by Tucson Fire Department paramedics to the hospital.

Detectives from the traffic investigations unit found out that a 2003 four-door Saturn sedan was traveling west on Golf Links Road and the driver began to make a lane change, Hawke said.

When the driver was making the lane change, another vehicle moved into the lane. The driver of the Saturn overcorrected and lost control, said Hawke.

The Saturn crossed the median and crashed into an eastbound 1997 Dodge truck nearly head-on, Hawke said.

Echeandia was a front seat passenger in the Saturn. It is unknown if he was wearing a seatbelt, Hawke said.

No citations have been issued.

There have been 17 fatalities since January in the city, the same number at this time last year, police department statistics show.




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