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Sep 7, 2012 10:43 PM

Sheriff's Department to investigate swift water death

AVRA VALLEY-Monsoon 2012 tuned deadly Friday.

Since Thursday, there have been 14 swift water rescues.

Unfortunately, crews found the body of a woman swept away in a flooded wash in Avra Valley.

It happened on Manville Rd. near Avra Rd.

A couple tried to cross a wash around 4:30 a.m.

The car got stuck, so the husband got out, but his 52-year-old wife Angelina Carrasco stayed in the car and was swept away.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department will be investigating Angelina Carrasco's death and whether barricades were properly displayed in front of the wash where the couple tried to drive through.

Borstar discovered Angelina's body inside the car around 2:30 Friday afternoon.

Her husband had been discovered early this morning about 200 yards away.

He was transported to the hospital with an injured pelvis.

As family members were notified, you could hear sobbing in the background.

This was the Sheriff Department's first swift water death this year and an unfortunate reminder for drivers to stay out of flooded areas.

82-year-old Tilliee Pena has lived here all her life, and she said this wash floods almost every year but none this tragic.

"I feel sorry for them you know, but what can you do they don't pay attention," she said.

Her sister lives down the street in front of the wash.

"I just hope that people observe the signs and don't try to get through there, however, at night time, it's very difficult for people to see the water and the dangers of the power it's flowing," said Jenny Garcia Gonzales.


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