UPDATE: Driver of SUV that rolled on I-17 caught, 7 hurt in wreckPosted: Updated:
ANTHEM --The driver of the SUV that rolled over on Interstate 17 ejecting six people was caught late Wednesday night after an extensive search.
SUV driver caught
There may be fatalities in a bad rollover wreck on I-17 near Pioneer Road. Six people were reportedly ejected from the car and the driver fled the scene.
The wreck happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. near Pioneer Road.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety said several people called 911 to report an SUV that had rolled into the median.
The vehicle, which was carrying eight people, apparently rolled several times after the driver lost control while heading south on I-17.
Six people were thrown from the SUV as it rolled. A seventh person was hurt and had be extricated from the vehicle. Those victims were taken to three different hospitals.
The two who were hurt the worst, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old, were flown to John C. Lincoln Hospital, where they remain in critical condition.
The driver ran from the scene of the wreck. Phoenix police searched from the air and with canine units on the ground, scouring the desert area near the crash site.
Police said they finally caught up with the man at 11 p.m. about a mile from the scene of the wreck. He was standing by a pay phone near the Carefree Highway.
That man -- who has been identifed as Geraldo Morales-Morales, 29 -- is facing charges of aggravated assault, as well as human smuggling and money laundering.
DPS said all of the people involved in the wreck, including the suspect, are Mexican nationals.