WICKENBURG, AZ (3TVB/CBS 5) -- Three vehicles were involved in a deadly crash early Friday morning on U.S. 93 near Wickenburg.

DPS said Colton Gandy was driving southbound when he fell asleep. Investigators said his vehicle hit a northbound van head-on before hitting another car.

Isaias Cabadas Jr. said he was in the van's passenger seat with his dad, Isaias Cabadas Sr., driving it. "I said 'he's gonna hit us,'" said Cabadas Jr. "It was kind of from a distance, but that's all I can remember."

DPS said Gandy and Cabadas Sr. died on the scene, while three others were hurt, including Cabadas Jr.

"I said, 'God help me. God help us,'" said Cabadas Jr. "I stood there, and I couldn't see my father, and that's when I prayed for God's help."

Cabadas Sr. was 66 years old. "He was the backbone of the family," said his son, Noel Cabadas.

Noel said his dad was on his way to make a work delivery in Kingman when the wreck happened.

"He died trying to provide for his family just like so many other fathers out there," said Cabadas Sr.'s daughter, Andrea Cabadas. "He's a good man. He's a man of faith."

As the family tries to cope with their loss, they want to ensure no other family goes through the same pain. "I know there's a lot of families, a lot of people that will have to drive on that road to make those trips, and improving that road is going to prevent any other family from having to endure this kind of tragedy," said Andrea.

DPS notes several deadly collisions happened this year in the same area, and ADOT plans to widen more sections of US 93.

"I hope it doesn't take five years or ten years to do it," said Andrea. "I hope they do it as soon as they can."

ADOT sent Arizona's Family a statement.

"The majority of the 200-mile drive along US 93 from Wickenburg to the Hoover Dam has been widened to a four-lane divided highway. Fewer than 35 miles remain to be widened. A project that widened nearly 4 miles of US 93 just north of Wikieup was completed in late 2020. Another section of US 93 from Tegner Street to the junction with SR 89 near Wickenburg is scheduled to be widened within the next year. We have also installed centerline rumble strips along US 93 near the junction with SR 71 north of Wickenburg this past summer to help reduce lane departure crashes. Another project to extend those centerline rumble strips from SR 71 north for 20 miles is anticipated for next summer."

The Cabadas family is requesting prayers and set up this GoFundMe page.


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