Arivaca Woman Dies In Tucson Area Car Accident

A rollover crash killed in an Arivaca woman recently. A car accident in Tucson on Wednesday, October 12, left one woman dead and her grandson in critical condition at an area hospital.

Arivaca resident Sandra Cornell died when the car she was driving rolled over near Interstate 19. Nogales International reports Cornell suffered fatal injuries after she was ejected from the 1996 Chevrolet Trail Blazer she was driving on the Santa Cruz side of the county line.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Office reportedly contacted local law enforcement to alert them to the car cash. A 56-year-old man who was a passenger in the car was reportedly uninjured during the apparent roll over, but Cornell’s 3-year-old grandson was airlifted to a Tucson Hospital after he sustained what police described as life-threatening injuries.

A police spokesperson from the Pima County Sheriff’s Office affirmed deputies are continuing to investigate the car accident. They did not comment as to whether they believed Cornell was under the influence of alcohol or some other intoxicating substance at the time of the crash. The spokesperson acknowledged they had not ruled out that speed, driver inattention, illicit substances or other factors contributed to the apparent rollover.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada asserted rigorous policing of the roads had prevented further injuries from occurring.

“I think we’re fortunate [the amount of accidents isn’t higher] because most of our country roads are narrow, winding and many are dirt roads,” he affirmed.

Three fatal accidents have occurred on the Santa Cruz County portion of Interstate 19 this year. In 2010, four deadly accidents took place on I-19 in the county, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.