Julieann Arancel, Poston Butte High School student, dies after golf cart ride rolls over

SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ - Nearly 300 people gathered Sunday night to remember a teenager killed in an accident in the southeast Valley Saturday.

Authorities said the 16-year-old Poston Butte High School student died after a golf cart flipped on top of her.

Tim Gaffney, with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, said Julieann Arancel died Sunday morning at Banner Ironwood Hospital after she and a group of friends were driving around in a golf cart near San Tan Valley.

The accident occurred around 11:48 p.m. Saturday at North Mountain Vista Boulevard and West Morgan Lane.

That's where family and friends gathered Sunday night to remember the teen so full of life and obviously loved by many.

Arancel had big dreams. She one day wanted to fly for the Air Force and make her family proud.

Her mother, Maryanne Arancel, says Julieann was a tomboy who loved the color purple. On Monday all students are being asked to wear the color purple to honor their school mate.

Police said nine people were inside the golf cart, including Arancel, when the driver attempted to make a right turn inadvertently causing the vehicle to flip over.

According to the report, Arancel was thrown from the cart and hit her head against the asphalt.

She was treated by medical professionals at the scene before being transported to Banner Ironwood Hospital.

Gaffney said the group of teens took the golf cart without a father's permission, who is out of town on vacation. The group was returning from a trip to a local Sonic restaurant.

Authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. They have cited an "overloaded vehicle with an inexperienced driver" as the cause of the accident, according to the released report.

All of the passengers involved attend Poston Butte high School. School counselors will be on hand Monday to assist students as they return to class.




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