UPDATE: Child dies, others injured in vehicular accident on Arizona Farms Road

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office posted on its Facebook page March 14 this photo from a two-vehicle collision that occurred at about 4:45 p.m. March 12 at the intersection of westbound Arizona Farms Road and Apollo Drive in San Tan Valley.   (Courtesy of PCSO)

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office on March 14 posted on its Facebook page this photo from a two-vehicle collision that occurred at about 4:45 p.m. March 12 at the intersection of westbound Arizona Farms Road and Apollo Drive in San Tan Valley. (Courtesy of PCSO)

UPDATE: Lack of visibility was a contributing factor in causing a two-vehicle collision March 12 in San Tan Valley that took the life of a 2-year-old boy, investigators from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office say.

On March 14, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page the following update to their earlier report about the fatal collision. PCSO deputies reported that:

“On March 12, at approximately 4:45 p.m., a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of westbound Arizona Farms Road and Apollo Drive. The collision involved a full-sized Dodge truck and a mid-sized Toyota passenger car.

“The Dodge truck rear-ended the Toyota sedan. The result of the collision left three occupants of the car injured and one 2-year-old male child deceased. The driver of the truck received minor injuries. He is a 31-year-old resident of San Tan Valley.

“Initial reports were that a third vehicle was in the area and had kicked up a large amount of dust that covered the roadway causing minimal to no visibility. The passenger car, traveling westbound, drove through the dust first followed by the truck directly behind. Sometime after entering the dust the truck rear-ended the car, the two vehicles collided and then drove off the roadway coming to rest on the south side of the roadway.

“We are not at a point where we can say for sure if this was the only factor in the collision, but lack of visibility contributed to the collision. We have ruled out impairment on both drivers.

“The vehicle we believe was the one kicking up dust was located by our deputies in a neighborhood near the collision. The persons at that resident (sic) were interviewed, but we are not making any connections or conclusions until the investigation is completed.”

Original story:

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has reported in a press release that just before 5 p.m. March 11, a Dodge pick-up struck a small sedan from behind on Arizona Farms Road east of Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley.

The sedan that was hit was occupied by a mother and three children. One child was pronounced dead at the scene. The mother and two other children were flown to an area trauma center with severe injuries. The pick-up truck driver was injured, but the driver’s injuries were not life-threatening.

The roadway was closed for about seven hours. There was another vehicle and occupants contacted as part of this investigation, however, Mark Clark, the PCSO public information officer, said the department was not able to release any further details.

There were no citations issues or arrests, according to Mr. Clark.

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