Woman, 80, killed in Ariz. collision involving vehicle carrying immigrants

Posted: Updated:
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say a woman was killed and five people injured when a car driven by suspected human smugglers collided head-on with another vehicle in southern Arizona.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department says the crash occurred in the San Xavier Indian Reservation southeast of Tucson on Thursday.

The incident began when Border Patrol agents driving southbound saw a suspicious northbound vehicle and slowed to turn around.

The Sheriff's Department says the agents didn't activate their lights or start a pursuit, but the northbound vehicle sped off.

That vehicle was being driven by 30-year-old William Huebbe and was carrying Robert Butcher, 25, along with two suspected immigrants. Authorities say Huebbe and Butcher are suspected of smuggling the immigrants.

The agents lost sight of the car but later came across it after it had collided with a car that was headed south.

Huebbe and Butcher fled into the desert but were apprehended quickly.

The woman killed was identified as 80-year-old Gracie Baldwin. She was the passenger in a car driven by a 55-year-old woman who had to be extricated but who suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The two immigrants also sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

Huebbe and Butcher were hospitalized but will face criminal charges upon release.