On Friday at 4:30 a.m., the Pima County Sheriff’s Department received a 9-1-1 call from a male individual who reported he was stuck in a wash with his vehicle but got out safely. The incident location was reported to be at Sandario Road and Manville Road. However, it was later determined to be closer to the intersection of Manville Road and Avra Road. The caller said he heard a male yelling for help and advising that his legs were broken. The caller could not see the other male, but only heard him.
Deputies from the Tucson Mountain District, the Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Unit, as well as Avra Valley Fire Department and Picture Rocks Fire Department responded to the scene. They could not locate the male right away and requested additional assistance, causing Northwest Fire Department to send rescuers as well. Eventually, the injured male was located on a sandbank surrounded by water approximately 200 yards downstream from Manville Road. At that time a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopter was also on scene and assisted in the effort.
The male was reached by rescuers on the ground and had to be carried to a nearby ambulance. He told emergency personnel that his wife had been with him. He had exited their car, but was separated from his wife and that she was swept away with the car. When asked, he stated that he had been in the water since 2 a.m. The male was then transported to University Medical Center for further treatment. It was later determined that he suffered a broken pelvis.
The search effort was expanded to try and locate the male’s wife, later identified as 52-year-old Angelina Carrasco. Rescuers had also received a description of the couple’s Infinity Sedan.
Additional rescue units with Border Patrol’s BORSTAR, a second helicopter with CBP, and a Canine Unit from the Arizona Department of Corrections responded to the scene. The poor weather conditions and the resulting difficult conditions on the ground made the air units the most valuable asset at that time.
In the early afternoon hours, one of the helicopters advised rescuers they had located what they believed to be the bumper of a passenger car. In order to investigate further, rescuers were deployed on the ground and made their way to that particular location, which was approximately 175 yards further downstream from where the male had initially been found on the sandbank.
Once they got close, they confirmed that it was a car bumper and that it was in fact an Infinity sedan they had found. At approximately 2:20 p.m., they were able to inspect the interior of the car and found Mrs. Carrasco inside dead.
Her body was recovered from the vehicle and later turned over to the Office of the Medical Examiner.
The investigation of the incident continues.