Man faces manslaughter charges after son dies in rollover - Tucson News Now

Man faces manslaughter charges after son dies in rollover

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Maricopa man, who police suspect of being impaired while driving, faces manslaughter charges after his six-year-old son died in a rollover accident.

Pinal County Sheriff's Office officials responded to a serious rollover accident around 6:20 p.m. on September 20.

Jose Espinoza, 25, reportedly veered off the roadway while traveling northbound on Ralston Road, outside of Maricopa, police said. His son, Isaiah, was a passenger in the vehicle.

Police said Espinoza attempted to steer the Toyota truck back onto the roadway when it flipped and rolled several times. Espinoza and Isaiah were not wearing their seatbelts and both were ejected from the vehicle, Pinal County Sheriff's Office officials said.

Espinoza was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Isaiah suffered life-threatening injuries and later passed away at Maricopa Medical Center.

PCSO Vehicular Crimes Unit detectives suspected Espinoza of being impaired by alcohol and marijuana at the time of the incident, according to a news release. Blood samples were taken and sent to be tested at the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

"At the conclusion of this investigation, detectives will submit charges to the Pinal County Attorney's Office and request Mr. Espinoza be charged with manslaughter for the death of his six-year-old son," Sheriff Paul Babeu stated in a news release. "There is no excuse for impaired driving. Far too many people die on our roadways every year as a result of this inexcusable crime."

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