Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office

2170 N. Congress Dr.
Nogales, AZ 85621
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Press Release

Fatal Accident - 05/12/2013

Sent on 5/13/2013 11:35:55 AM

On May 12, 2013, at approximately 20:32 hours, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Pendleton Drive and the Sonoita Creek Wash reference to a motor vehicle accident with injures. According to sheriff’s deputies, a red 2006, Ford F-150 truck was traveling south on Pendleton Drive and entered the Sonoita Creek wash. The driver, Abraham Alonso Cardenas, 33 years-old from Rio Rico, lost control and collided with a 2002 Ford Explorer which was traveling in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, Mr. Cardenas died at the scene. Inside the vehicle, was Mr. Cardenas family, Suzette Arlette Cardenas 28 years-old, their children, Abraham Alonso Cardenas Jr., 7 years-old, Kamila Sofia Cardenas, 4 years-old and Oliver Alan Cardenas 9 months old. The family was taken to Holy Cross Hospital for advanced medical treatment. The driver of the Ford Explorer, Karla Lopez 25 years-old also from Rio Rico was flown to University Medical Center where she is listed in critical condition. Mrs. Lopez two children were inside the vehicle, Briana N. Lopez 5 years-old and her 2 year-old son, Julian Danzel Lopez. Julian was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Briana was taken to UMC for further medical treatment.


Pendleton Drive & Kents Ave, Rio Rico, AZ, 85648, United States

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