16-year-old James Seaton dies after collision early Sunday morning, several victims hospitalized

CASA GRANDE - Police are trying to determine the cause of an accident that took a 16-year-old boy's life early Sunday morning.

According to Casa Grande police, police responded to the scene of an accident with multiple victims just after midnight.

Investigators believe a gold Chevy Impala was traveling east on the Maricopa/Casa Grande Highway when it crossed the center line, colliding with a red Chevrolet Silverado in the oncoming lane.

The Impala reportedly had five passengers who are believed to have all been ejected from the vehicle during the crash. All victims in the Impala were male and have been identified. One victim is 19 years old, one is 17 years old and three are 16 years old.

One of the teens, 16-year-old James Seaton, died from his injuries after he was flown to the hospital.

ABC15 has been told Seaton and three of the other passengers ran track together at Casa Grande Union High School.

Izik Turner said he would see Seaton during passing periods and that it will be tough for all the kids in his school.  

He also expressed condolences for James’ family saying he hopes they “can get through it and stay strong.”

Carolina Gutierrez also attends Casa Grande Union High School. She said Seaton was a  good friend.

Gutierrez said James was “Really funny. If you put yourself down he would always motivate you and make you laugh.”

The 34-year-old adult female driver of the Silverado was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.

All other victims are still hospitalized as of Sunday morning.

According to a media release, officials still have not determined a cause of the accident and are unsure if speed or other impairments were factors. Speed is believed to be the main cause at this time.

The roadway was closed after the collision, but has since been reopened.

A website has been set up to help James' family with funeral costs, you can help out by donating here.

Gutierrez said many of the students plan on wearing green to school Monday because that was James’ favorite color.

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