Apache Junction police say impairment not cause of deadly rollover

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- Police do not believe impairment was the cause of a deadly single-vehicle rollover in Apache Junction Sunday night.

One person died and five other people were injured when a pickup truck rolled over near Ironwood Drive and Tepee Street.

Police said four of the victims are under the age of 21.

At the time of the accident, the vehicle, a 1996 Ford Ranger pickup, was being driven by 18-year-old Kristopher Richard Massey, of Apache Junction.

A 22-year-old passenger, now identified as Jonathan Lee Stanton from Apache Junction, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

There were four people in the bed of the pickup truck. Three of them were 15 and one was 16. They were all ejected. They were transported to hospitals and are expected to survive.

The preliminary investigation is indicating speed and reckless driving may have played a role in the accident.