Tucson Police Say Multi-Car Crash Leaves One Man Dead, Four Injured

A man died after being rushed to the hospital.The Tucson Police Department said one man is dead and four others injured after they were reportedly involved in a car accident in the city on Wednesday, October 19.

A spokesperson for the Tucson Police Department said that 23-year-old Anthony C. Andrighetto died after sustaining severe injuries during the apparent automobile crash. Officers, however, declined to reveal where he was from.

Official police reports indicate the incident occurred at 5 p.m. at the intersection of East Golf Links Road and South Wilmot Road. Detectives affirmed it appeared that a Jeep Wrangler was traveling westbound on East Golf Links, followed by a Mazda Protégé. There were two male passengers in the Jeep, according to police officials, and the drivers of both cars reportedly knew one another.

Police deputies further said that the driver of the Mazda was believed to have been following the Jeep as they made their way to the same destination. KOLD News reports that the driver of a Nissan Quest minivan was reportedly attempting to make a left turn to drive north on Wilmot when the operator apparently failed to yield to the Jeep.

The Jeep reportedly struck the Nissan minivan and then went airborne before apparently striking a traffic light pole on the northwestern side of the intersection. The driver of the Mazda, in an effort to avoid hitting the minivan as well, reportedly swerved to the side. While it avoided crashing with the minivan, the car drove directly into vehicles waiting to make the same left turn, according to police reports.

The Mazda reportedly struck a Cadillac Escalade head-on, the Tucson Police Department spokesperson affirmed. The impact of the crash then reportedly caused the Escalade to collide with another car, a Mitsubishi Eclipse. The driver of the Mitsubishi was reportedly sitting idle behind the Escalade as it waited to make the same left turn.

Andrighetto was operating the Jeep at the time, according to the Tucson police. He was taken to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The passenger riding in Andrighetto’s car reportedly suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident, but police said he is expected to survive his injuries.

The drivers of the Cadillac Escalade, the Mazda Protégé and the Nissan Quest were all also reportedly transported to local hospitals. They are all expected to make full recoveries, the Tucson Police Department spokesperson affirmed.

The Associated Press reports police are continuing to investigate the car crash. They have not cited any driver, and deputies asserted speed is not believed to have played a factor in the collision. They did not comment as to whether any of the drivers had alcohol or another toxic substance in their systems.

There were 110 fatal multi-car crashes in the state in 2010, according to data from the Arizona Department of Transportation. The agency’s “2010 Arizona Crash Facts Summary” states that 762 people were killed in automobile accidents last year; an additional 50,110 were injured.