The driver of the SUV involved in Thursday’s high-speed chase that resulted in a tragic crash on Interstate 10 near Picacho, Ariz., has been identified by authorities as Kevin Avila, 18.
Kevin Avila, 18, is accused of fleeing a police stop on Interstate 10 around milepost 214 in regard to a reckless driving infraction. According to authorities, while attempting to evade the DPS patrol vehicle, the SUV, which was heading westbound, crossed the I-10 median and slammed head-on with an eastbound tractor-trailer.
According to DPS, at least 11 persons were involved in the incident, with nine of them being occupants of the SUV. The accident killed three of the nine SUV occupants; two were declared dead at the site, while the third died later at the hospital.