Alcohol suspected in 2 fatal rollovers in Pinal County

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A Kia Spectra rolled over a median, through opposite lanes of traffic and into a cattle fence By Jennifer Thomas A Kia Spectra rolled over a median, through opposite lanes of traffic and into a cattle fence By Jennifer Thomas
A vehicle crashed in the area of Cactus Forest and Custer roads in Florence on Sept. 2. By Jennifer Thomas A vehicle crashed in the area of Cactus Forest and Custer roads in Florence on Sept. 2. By Jennifer Thomas

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in two fatal rollover crashes in Pinal County over Labor Day weekend.

Rickey E. Wooten, 62, of San Tan Valley, was killed after he lost control of his Kia Spectra as he drove southbound along Ironwood Road at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman Elias Johnson said Wooten rolled over the median, through opposite lanes of traffic and into a cattle fence where the vehicle came to rest.

Several people at the nearby motocross track witnessed the accident and went to help.

Wooten suffered severe head trauma during the crash and was unresponsive.

An off-duty registered nurse stopped her vehicle and performed CPR on Wooten until paramedics arrived. Wooten was flown to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Johnson said evidence at the scene suggests speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the rollover.

A few hours later, deputies responded to a single-vehicle rollover in the area of Cactus Forest Road near the intersection of Custer Road in Florence.

Damien Gurulee, 18, lost control of the sedan he was driving and rolled through several trees at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

A passenger identified as Albert Lopez, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gurulee and an 18-year-old passenger were injured in the crash. They were flown to Maricopa Medical Center for treatment.

Speed and alcohol are being investigated as possible contributing factors in the rollover.

The crashes are still under investigation.