Eloy woman charged in fatal car crash

Angela Maria Celaya-Gonzalez, 29, has been indicted in connection with the May 2 crash that killed four illegal immigrants.

Angela Maria Celaya-Gonzalez, 29, has been indicted in connection with the May 2 crash that killed four illegal immigrants.

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by Andrew Michalscheck

azfamily.com

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Updated Friday, May 18 at 4:47 PM

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- An Eloy woman who was behind the wheel when four illegal immigrants were killed in a car crash was indicted on Wednesday.

A Pinal County Grand Jury returned a 13-count indictment that charged Angela Maria Celaya-Gonzalez, 29, with four counts of second-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, and three counts of smuggling.

On May 2, U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security were following two vehicles, one of which was believed to be carrying illegal immigrants.

Celaya-Gonzalez reportedly lost control of the vehicle she was driving and crashed into the yard of a Casa Grande home.

There were eleven people inside Celaya-Gonzalez’s vehicle at the time of the crash. Three of the people were pronounced dead at the scene, while a fourth died at Maricopa Medical Center.

“I am saddened by the unnecessary loss of life that resulted from this incident. My office will aggressively pursue the prosecution of this case,” said Pinal County Attorney James P. Walsh.

Celaya-Gonzalez has been booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention facility and is being held on a $2 million bond.

She is currently in a hospital in Mesa recovering from injuries sustained during the May 2 crash.

Celaya-Gonzalez is scheduled to be arraigned on May 25 at Pinal County Superior Court.
 

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