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Hue Sowash, Ian Castelhano and Toddler Killed in Chino Valley Car Accident

Van O'Steen

August 31, 2018

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Chino Valley, Arizona—Hue Sowash, age 47 of Peach Springs, Arizona, Ian Castelhano, age 29 of Crown King, Arizona, and a three-year-old toddler died in a head-on collision on SR-89 between Chino Valley and Ash Fork late Thursday afternoon.

A southbound Ford SUV crossed the center line into the path of a northbound Chevy Suburban.  According to Arizona DPS accident investigators, the impact caused the Suburban to slide into a pickup truck on the side of the road that was disabled due to engine trouble.  Both the Ford SUV and the Suburban caught fire. 

By the time the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority arrived, the two vehicles were engulfed in flames, trapping the occupants.  Motorists who stopped to help were able to pull four passengers from the flaming Suburban.  All were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of their injuries.  The driver of the Ford SUV, Mr. Sowash, the driver of the Suburban, Mr. Castelhano, and a three-year-old toddler in his Suburban were killed. 

No one in the disabled pickup truck was injured.

We extend our condolences to the respective families and friends of those who died in this tragic crash.  We wish swift and full recoveries for those who were injured.

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