Nineteen-Year-Old Charged With Manslaughter in Death of Flagstaff Man

An Arizona man was charged with manslaughter in the death of a Flagstaff man.Arizona authorities are grappling with an uptick in the number of vehicular accidents resulting from the long holiday weekend, with a number of state residents killed in crashes. One young man was recently charged following an incident in which another man was killed.

According to a report from the Arizona Daily Sun, a complaint was filed in Flagstaff Justice Court late last month against Roberto A. Salamanca. The 19-year-old is said to have been involved in the death of a 20-year-old Flagstaff man.

Salamanca is accused of recklessly causing the death of Kyle Wible, according to the reports. The alleged traffic collision occurred on East Route 66 in late August. Aside from being charged with manslaughter in the death of Wible, Salamanca was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), extreme DUI, failure to remain at an accident involving death or serious physical injury and underage consumption.

Flagstaff police reports revealed that an officer rode up to a collision on the 900 block of East Route 66 in front of Norvel Owens Mortuary late on the night of the crash. Investigators said they determined Wible was driving westbound in a small sedan when a large sport utility vehicle (SUV) reportedly struck his car.

According to police, Salamanca was operating the large SUV under the influence, and he is thought to have crossed over the center divide line in the street, hitting Wible's car. The Associated Press reports that Wible was the son of a recently retired sergeant with the Coconino County Sherriff's Office.

Wible was reportedly taken to Flagstaff Medical Center after the crash, where he was later pronounced dead.

Salamanca then fled the scene on foot, according to police, though he was apprehended about one block away from where the accident is said to have taken place. The complaint against Salamanca alleges he had a blood alcohol content higher than 0.15 percent at the time of the incident.

In Arizona, the legal BAC limit for operating vehicles is 0.08.

Salamanca was initially being held at the county jail without bond. Authorities also said he was being held on a detainer because he was unable to provide documentation that he is in the country legally. Authorities reportedly issued the detainer from Immigration and Customs Enforcement as they investigate his residence status.

Further, Salamanca reportedly does not currently have a driver's license; according to news reports, he has five driving citations dating back to when he was 15 years old. Arizona government data also indicates Salamanca had multiple prior traffic tickets out of Flagstaff courts.

A recent study released by the Arizona Department of Transportation revealed that the total number of vehicle accidents in the state fell between 2009 and 2010. However, the same report found that the number of accidents increased in Mohave County, as well as in certain cities around the state.

In fact, the report, "Arizona Vehicle Crash Facts 2010," which was published on August 30, illustrated that while there were fewer vehicle accidents, the drop was slight. In 2009, according to state data, there were 106,767 traffic accidents; the following year that figure edged down to 106,177, representing a drop of 0.6 percent, according to the Mohave Daily News.

The report concluded the number of fatal traffic accidents declined by 1.6 percent during the same period of time, declining from 709 in 2009 to 698 in 2010.

The majority of traffic accidents in Arizona take place during the daylight hours, during clear, dry conditions, the report found.