UPDATED: Fatal Accident at Bella Vista and Gantzel - SanTanValley.com

UPDATED: Fatal Accident at Bella Vista and Gantzel

Fatal Accident at Bella Vista and Gantzel
UPDATED: Fatal Accident at Bella Vista and Gantzel

At 2:40 pm on Monday July 23, 2018 the Pinal County Sheriff's Office responded to an accident near Bella Vista and Gantzel Road in San Tan Valley. The investigation revealed that a 15-year-old was heading southbound, on a skateboard, going against traffic when he was hit by a car heading north on Gantzel.

The student was in the bike lane when the accident happened. The 15-year-old was hit by the side-view mirror of the vehicle. The teen was immediately transported to the hospital for his injuries, but unfortunately he was pronounced dead soon after arriving at the hospital.

The driver stayed on scene. Impairment is not suspected. The name of the 15-year-old is not being release until next of kin has been notified.

Florence Unified School District released the following statement:

"The Florence Unified School District was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of one of our students from Poston Butte High School this afternoon. All of our thoughts are with the family during this incredibly difficult time. We will be offering extra counselors on campus in the coming days for students and staff who need support. We ask that everyone keep the family in their thoughts and prayers."


Weston Ayers was the name of the Poston Butte High School student who passed away July 23, 2018. A GoFundMe account has been setup to assist his family with funeral expenses. 

Message from the GoFundMe Account:

As many of you may know, we have lost a wonderful young man. Weston has had such a big impact on his family, friends, and community. He had the biggest heart, so full of love and life. Weston bettered the life of every person he knew. He has left behind his Mother, Father, 4 sisters, and 2 brothers. Along with many more family members and friends. At only 15, he had such a bright future ahead of him but was taken far too soon. There is no dollar amount that can ever ease the pain of losing him. But we are asking for assistance to help the family in any way we can. All donations will be unconditionally appreciated and honored. Thank you for your generosity!