Crash kills teen in Casa Grande PD's Youth Explorer Program

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A teen enrolled in the Casa Grande Police Department's Youth Explorer Program was killed in a two-car crash Friday night.

Albert Arias, 17, died the following day, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Arias was a three-year member of Youth Explorer post #2920, and was preparing for a career in law enforcement.

A pickup truck driven by Felipe Urias, 27, of Toltec, was heading eastbound along W. Peters Road and went through a posted stop sign at the intersection of Chuichu Road.

His vehicle collided with a Ford Bronco driven by Arias, who was heading northbound, PCSO said. Arias's SUV then slammed into a utility pole. 

Authorities said "speed and inattention" are likely contributing factors in the collision. Additional charges are possible pending a full investigation.

Urias was arrested and cited by a PCSO patrol deputy on Feb. 22 for criminal speed after he was found to be traveling 85 mph in a posted 50 mph zone, sheriff's officials said. 

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