Police release names of 2 killed in Arizona highway crash, 4 remain in critical condition


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PHOENIX — Authorities have identified the two men who were killed in a high-speed pileup early Saturday on an Arizona highway.

They were 21-year-old Raul Contreras and 19-year-old Eric Cuellar Mendoza. Both were from Phoenix.

The accident occurred near Lake Pleasant about 40 miles outside Phoenix when one vehicle attempted to pass another.

Peoria police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto says four people injured in the crash remained in critical condition Sunday and four others were in stable condition. Three others have already been released from the hospital.

A total of 15 people were involved in three vehicles. Some of them were riding in the back of a pickup truck and were thrown from the vehicle. Others did not have their seat belts on.

The crash remains under investigation.

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