Fatal Arizona Car Crash Leads to Arrest of Rio Rico Man

Fatal Arizona Car Crash Leads to Arrest of Rio Rico ManAn 18-year-old man from Rio Rico, Arizona, was recently charged with negligent homicide for his part in a car accident on Tuesday, January 3, in Nogales that left one woman dead.

According to the Nogales International, Hector E. Maldonado was taken into the custody of the Santa Cruz County Jail on the charge, which ranks as a Class 4 felony, said Raul G. Molina, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Maldonado received the charge after allegedly causing the Tuesday afternoon crash, which occurred on Interstate 19 and killed 52-year-old Nogales resident Silvia G. Inzunza.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, Maldonado was driving in a Chevrolet pickup truck in the southbound lanes of the highway when he allegedly rear-ended Inzunza's 1998 Nissan passenger vehicle near mile marker 1 just before 3:30 p.m.

The Nissan was allegedly sent spinning out of control until it struck a light pole on the driver's side of the automobile.

"Upon the impact, the Nissan spun in a clockwise rotation to the right and struck a light pole on the driver's side," Molina said in an news bulletin issued Wednesday morning. "The impact with the pole caused the fatal injury."

The media outlet stated that when emergency officials arrived at the accident, Inzunza had already died from her injuries.

The International reports Maldonado was listed as uninjured in the crash. Officer Molina said the investigation is still ongoing to determine if Maldonado had been speeding at the time of the car crash, or if alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the accident.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were a total of 106,177 accidents across the state in 2010, which resulted in 698 fatalities.