Tucson teen dies, 4 injured in early morning rollover

2013-10-06T00:00:00Z Tucson teen dies, 4 injured in early morning rolloverArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A Tucson teen died early Saturday morning after being thrown from an SUV in a single-vehicle rollover on the south side.

Four other men were injured in the crash.

Francisco Yanez, 19, was a passenger in a 2001 Chevy Tahoe that was heading westbound in the median on West Valencia Road just before 4 a.m., Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release.

The 20-year-old driver struck the median curb several times before losing control of the SUV and rolling over the median into the eastbound lanes of traffic, Widmer said.

Yanez was thrown from the SUV and the vehicle came to rest on top of him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and an 18-year-old passenger were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Two other passengers, ages 17 and 19, were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

None of the men was wearing a seatbelt. Drugs, alcohol or both were factors in the crash, Widmer said.

The driver remains in serious condition at a hospital but is expected to survive. His arrest is pending, Widmer said.

So far this year, Tucson police have responded to 33 traffic fatalities — 14 involving pedestrians, five involving motorcyclists and one involving a bicyclist.

In 2012, Tucson police handled 28 traffic fatalities — six involving pedestrians, five involving motorcyclists and two involving bicyclists.

— Kimberly Matas

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