If you needed a reminder not to drink and drive this holiday weekend ...
A 40-year-old woman from Sells, Arizona is facing negligent homicide, criminal damage and driving under the influence charges in connection with the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
Cops said that based on field sobriety tests, it appears Angela Mata was under the influence of alcohol during the time of the accident.
The Tohono O'odham police say that Mata was driving alone in her vehicle Thursday morning along a dirt road on the reservation, about seven miles north of the U.S. border. She was coming up on Federal Route 19, but failed to stop, crashed into a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle and caused it to roll off of the road, cops said.
The fatally injured agent's name hasn't been released. Mata's injuries were not life threatening injuries.
Joseph Delgado, Chief of the Tohono O'odham Police Department, said he hopes this incident serves as a "wake-up call to everyone."
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.