Woman Faces Murder, Smuggling Charges After Arizona Car Accident

Woman Faces Murder, Smuggling Charges After Arizona Car AccidentA woman from Eloy, Arizona, is facing a 13-count indictment of charges including second-degree murder and smuggling following an SUV crash that led to a number of injuries and fatalities, the Tucson Citizen reports.

According to the news source, the SUV was filled with illegal immigrants and was involved in a pursuit with U.S. Border Patrol agents in Casa Grande. The ensuing crash killed four unidentified men and injured another seven people, police reports show. Now, 28-year-old Angela Maria Calaya-Gonzalez is being charged with four counts of second-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of smuggling.

Calaya-Gonzalez was driving a 2001 Dodge Durango through Casa Grande when Homeland Security and Border Patrol agents began following the vehicle on suspicion of drug trafficking activity. The car was traveling alongside another vehicle, which led authorities to believe the second may be a “spotter” vehicle looking out for the “load” car.

When U.S. officials began trailing the Durango, it reportedly took off at a high speed. One Casa Grande police officer told the media outlet that shortly after fleeing, the vehicle lost control near the intersection of Florence Street and Third Avenue. The car then slid through a wall, but came to rest before crashing into a nearby house.

Emergency medical officials found three people dead at the crash site, while the fourth died after being rushed to an area hospital. Celaya-Gonzalez is set to be arraigned on May 25 in Florence after she recovers from her injuries in a Mesa hospital.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 106,177 fatal car accidents throughout the state in 2010, with the most common cause for accidents said to be speeding too fast for conditions.