Fatal Collision At Sossaman and Guadalupe

November 15, 2008

photo of Manuel Contreras-GaldeanThe Mesa Police responded to a serious collision this morning at 6:30 am in the intersection of Sossaman and Guadalupe Roads. This was a two vehicle collision between a red Dodge Ram truck and Nissan Sentra passenger car. The truck, solely occupied by the driver, identified as Manuel Contreras-Galdean, attempted to complete a left turn from eastbound E. Guadalupe to northbound S. Sossaman when it turned into the path of the Nissan Sentra, occupied by a 17-year-old brother (driver) and 16-year-old sister (front passenger). They were traveling west bound in the #1 (fast) lane through the intersection. The collision was a near head-on collision causing the airbags in both vehicles to deploy. There was no passenger-side airbag in the Nissan Sentra. The teenage brother and sister were driving to Highland High School to participate with the marching band in the Gilbert Days Parade when this collision happened.

The 17-year-old driver of the Nissan Sentra suffered non-life threatening injuries. Tragically, the 16-year-old female passenger suffered massive head trauma and injuries to each leg and was transported to Maricopa Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead by doctors in the operating room during life saving efforts.

Manuel Contreras-Galdean (photo) was arrested and charged with one count of Manslaughter and one count of Aggravated Assault. He was booked into MPD Jail on those charges.



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