Posted: Jul 10, 2013 2:52 PM by Nikai Salcido
Updated: Jul 30, 2013 11:25 AM
UPDATE - Murder charges are pending for the two people who allegedly loaded several illegal immigrants into the back of a U-Haul truck.
One of the victims who was on life support died this morning.
An autopsy will be conducted and Pinal County Sheriff's Office.
Two of the other patients are currently still at the hospital in stable condition.
The drivers Nathan Lamb and Elizabeth Kay, both 25 years old, are booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for numerous counts of Human Smuggling, Aggravated Assault, Endangerment and Murder.
Lamb and Kay admitted to driving the illegal immgrants from Douglas to Picacho Peak.
While driving they heard "pounding and banging" from inside of the cargo area.
They said they didn't stop right away because they were afraid they would be seen.
The Sheriff's Office said, after stopping in Picacho Peak, Lamb and Kay saw the conditions of the victims and fled the scene.
PICACHO, Ariz- Eight people were transported to the hospital, after being found unconscious in the back of a U-Haul truck near the Dairy Queen in the 16500 block of East Camino Adelante.
Avra Valley spokesman Patrick Calhoun says two of the victims were airlifted to UAMC, one in critical condition and one in serious condition. Six other victims were taken to UAMC by ground ambulance, one in serious condition and the other five in stable condition.
All victims were suffering from heat-related symptoms.
Tim Gaffney with the Pinal County Sheriff's Department says the people in the group are undocumented immigrants.
Sheriff's deputies are searching the nearby desert for others who fled the scene.
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