In fatal van rollover, 2 of 5 dead were teenagers

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Three of five people killed in an April rollover accident east of Tucson were from Guatemala, the Pima County medical examiner said Friday.

The Border Patrol was pursuing a van, with 18 people inside, when it flipped around 11 p.m. on April 21 near State Route 83 and Interstate 10. That's 40 miles east of downtown Tucson.

Two of the Guatemalans were teenagers: 18-year-old Evelio Soloman Santos and 17-year-old Jorge Mario Alvarado Perez. The age for the third Guatemalan, Willian Adilio Perez Paxtor, has not been determined, Medical Examiner Dr. Greg Hess said.

One of the others killed was Mexican, Martin Garcia Salicido. His age has not been determined.

A fifth person who died has not been identified, Hess said.

The fatal injuries included head, skull, brain and spinal cord trauma, he said, in a summary of his findings.

Hess said 70 undocumented border crossers, including the five in the accident, have died in Pima County this year.

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