Border Patrol: Agent, 2nd driver killed in crash in Arizona

A U.S. Border Patrol agent and another driver were killed on July 31 in a head-on crash near southern Arizona, the Border Patrol said.

Both drivers were pronounced dead shortly after the collision occurred about 12:20 a.m. on State Route 86 near Sells, a Border Patrol statement said.

The statement said the driver was the only person in the civilian vehicle and that multiple agencies responded to the incident.

Officials identified the Border Patrol agent as Daniel P. Cox.

Cox’s age wasn’t immediately available, but John R. Modlin, Interim Chief Patrol Agent of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, said in a statement that Cox was a BORSTAR Supervisory Border Patrol agent who had been on the force for 24 years.

Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on August 5 in honor of Cox.

Sells is 60 miles (96 kilometers) southwest of Tucson.

The incident is under investigation by the Tohono O’odham Police Department.

Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris, Jr. said in a news release, "The Tohono O’odham Nation is saddened by this tragic incident which took the lives of two individuals. Please keep their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers."


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