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2 dead, 5 hurt in crash near Arizona-Calif. border

QUARTZSITE, Ariz. — Authorities say a big rig driver is in custody after a
hit-and-run crash near the Arizona-California border left two people dead and
five others injured.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said David Yates was being held
Friday in the La Paz County Jail on suspicion of two counts of second-degree
murder, five counts of aggravated assault, leaving the scene of a fatal
collision, criminal damage and driving under the influence of drugs.

Authorities said the 55-year-old Yates was arrested about a half mile away from
the crash site on Interstate 10, some 20 miles east of Quartzsite.

They said Yates’ rig allegedly rear-ended an SUV, which veered off the freeway
and rolled at least once about 4 a.m. Friday.

DPS said the two people killed were ejected from the vehicle.


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