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DPS clarifies who died in accident

KINGMAN - A tragic Labor Day car accident continues to bring heartache to the families involved.

Arizona Department of Public Safety has now confirmed that it was Adriana Hernandez, 18, of Avondale who was killed in the accident on Sept. 1 and not Yvette Gonzalez, 18, of Avondale.

Gonzalez is currently listed in critical condition, according to DPS.

Hernandez's aunt, Anna Velez, said it would be very easy for law enforcement officers to mistake the two young women for one another. They were very similar in looks and liked to dress like one another.

In fact, the two women were dressed in similar outfits the day of the accident, she said.

Hernandez leaves behind an 11-month-old boy, who suffered a broken leg and other injuries in the accident, but is recovering. The family is trying to figure out a way to bring the boy and his mother's body home.

The fatal crash occurred on Monday on U.S. Highway 93 near milepost 35, about 16.5 miles south of Temple Bar Road.

DPS believes that a 1993 Toyota carrying five people was traveling northbound on U.S. 93 when the driver lost control for unknown reasons, causing the vehicle to travel into the median and rollover into the southbound lanes of U.S. 93. A southbound 2004 Pontiac, with two occupants, then struck the Toyota.

The driver and three passengers in the Toyota were killed. The driver of the Pontiac was also killed in the accident.

DPS believes that only the driver in the Toyota was wearing a seatbelt.