On Sunday, June 6 at 10:45 a.m., Northwest Fire District and the Marana Police Department responded to the scene of a two-vehicle collision at West Grier and North Sanders roads. An elderly woman driving a minivan with four children inside died as a result of the crash. She was transported by helicopter to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. An eight-year-old passenger also was taken by helicopter to a hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The other three children were taken by ambulance to area hospitals and treated. The driver of the second vehicle, a pickup truck, was injured along with an adult passenger and a nine-year-old child. They too were transported to hospitals and treated for minor injuries. In all, eight people required medical treatment. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
On Friday, May 28 at 4:30 p.m., Oro Valley police stopped the driver of a pickup truck on Oracle Road near El Conquistador Way for not wearing a seat belt and because the vehicle's brake lights were not functioning. Police determined that the vehicle's passenger had a warrant for her arrest for shoplifting. Police also noticed numerous items in the back of the truck, such as diapers, laundry detergent and toilet paper. The passenger told police that she had purchased the items from Target. Police then contacted the Target store and asked if they manager was aware of a recent incident of shoplifting. The manager said yes, and described the items and suspect, both descriptions matched the vehicle's passenger. Police asked if the manager knew the passenger of the vehicle, to which he replied yes, telling police that the passenger had been arrested in the past for shoplifting from the store and was not allowed to return to any Target. Police released the driver of the truck and took the passenger to the store for identification. Store employees identified her as the suspected shoplifter. The woman was arrested on shoplifting charges and taken to Pima County Adult Detention Center, where she was booked into jail.
On Wednesday, May 26 at 3 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to the area of First Avenue and Oracle Road where a motorist reported an incident of road rage. Once there, a woman told police that a southbound car on Oracle was driving aggressively, swerving in and out of traffic and cut off the woman. She said that when the other car passed her, the driver appeared to have thrown something out the window. Police noticed a large piece of chewing gum stuck to the car. The reportee took down the other driver's license plate number, which the police used to locate the driver. They located the vehicle owner, the father of the driver, and went to the house. The driver, an 18-year-old woman, was summoned to the house where police questioned. She admitted to the incident but was not charged with a crime because the driver of the other car did not want to prosecute. Police informed her about the dangers of road rage. No arrests were made.