Empire High QB killed in Sunday wreck

2012-12-16T17:05:00Z 2012-12-16T17:27:10Z Empire High QB killed in Sunday wreckCarmen Duarte, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 16, 2012 5:05 pm  • 

Empire High School quarterback and wrestler, Grayson Weeks, was killed Sunday morning after he was ejected from a car, and then struck by another vehicle on Interstate 10 near Benson, authorities said.

Weeks, 16, was a passenger in a 2003 Mitsubishi four-door sedan that was driven by Austin Avila, 16, of Benson, said an Arizona Department of Public Safety official.

The car was traveling east on I-10, near Marsh Station Road shortly after midnight when the car ran off the left side of the road for unknown reasons, the official said.

Avila attempted to swerve back on to the road when the car rolled, ejecting Weeks, who was not wearing a seat belt, said the official.

Weeks was then struck by a 2009 black Lincoln SUV, and suffered fatal injuries, said the DPS official.

Avila and passengers David Aldstadt, 17, were admitted to an area hospital for treatment. Two other passengers, Jeffrey Rhodes, 17, and Riki Olivas, 18, were treated and released from the hospital, the DPS official said.

The driver of the Lincoln SUV and the passenger in that vehicle were not injured in the collision, the DPS official said.

Weeks' uncle, Jorge Mendivil, the school's athletic director and head football coach, could not be reached for comment.

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