An 18-year-old died and six others were injured last Wednesday after a late-night, four-vehicle collision in Avondale.
According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, just after midnight on Oct. 23, three vehicles were stopped in the far-right eastbound lane on Buckeye Road east of Dysart Road. One of the vehicles was disabled, two other vehicles stopped to help and were attempting to hook a tow line on the disabled vehicle.
In a press release, MCSO said Marianna Villalobos Lopez, 23, was driving a 2013 Dodge Charger eastbound on Buckeye Road when Lopez collided with the vehicles, causing a four-car pileup.
MCSO said Alika Lyau-Goowin and Josiah Gerona, both 18, were underneath the broken-down vehicle securing tow straps when the collision occurred.
Lyau-Goowin was taken to the Abrazo Hospital in critical condition where he was later pronounced deceased, according to MCSO.
Gerona was taken to the Abrazo hospital in critical condition where he was upgraded to stable condition.
Lopez was taken to Abrazo Hospital in stable condition.
“Impairment does not appear to be a factor in this collision, however speed does appear to be a likely factor in the collision,” said the MCSO release.
This investigation is ongoing according to MCSO.
Four others received minor injuries and were not taken to hospitals.