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Sheriff IDs 2 men killed when driver fled Border Patrol south of Tucson

Authorities have released the names of two Mexican men who were killed when their driver crashed while being pursued by Border Patrol agents earlier this week near Arivaca, Ariz.

Around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Pima County Sheriff's Department deputies received a call from U.S. Border Patrol agents that they had attempted to pull over a vehicle on Arivaca-Sasabe Road, and that the driver crashed near Milepost 3, killing two and injuring three others, said James Allerton, a PCSD spokesman. 

About 50 miles southwest of Tucson, Arivaca-Sasabe Road connects Arivaca with Highway 286. Further east, the road runs through the tiny town of Arivaca. There it becomes Arivaca Road, which is straddled by a Border Patrol checkpoint just before Amado and Interstate 19. 

Along with deputies, members of the Three Points Fire Department and the Arivaca Fire Department responded to the scene and provided medical aid to all of the injured.

Two of the people in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene, and three other passengers were transported to the hospital, said Allerton.

The crash killed 37-year-old Constantino Bautista Cruz and 28–year-old Efrain Medrano-Morales, both Mexican citizens, said Allerton on Friday. 

The driver, identified only as a 17-year-old juvenile, was arrested and charged for two counts of first degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, criminal damage, unlawful flight from law enforcement officers, and DUI. 

"The investigation into the collision is still active and more details will be provided as they are available," Allerton said.

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