A driver suspected of smuggling illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border lost control of the car while fleeing federal authorities, causing a rollover crash that killed one passenger and injured seven others.
A Border Patrol agent stopped the car Saturday afternoon about 14 miles north of the border, officials said. Before the agent could reach the driver's side, the motorist made a U-turn and fled.
As the car sped away, the driver swerved toward the vehicle of another Border Patrol agent. The agent avoided crashing into the fleeing car before it lost control and flipped.
One of the passengers died, and seven others were taken to a Tucson hospital. Two of the victims were later discharged into the custody of the Border Patrol.
The driver, who was not immediately identified, could face smuggling and assault charges, a Border Patrol spokesman said.