Sheriff Mark Lamb of Pinal County, AZ, is one of the great patriots in any office in America.
He lost his son and granddaughter in an accident yesterday. Please keep his family in your prayers.
Police officers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Elliot Road and Cole Drive in Gilbert on Friday afternoon that left a man and infant dead.
Gilbert police later named one of the victims to be 22-year-old Cooper Lamb, Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb’s son, and stated that the infant was Sheriff Lamb’s granddaughter.
According to the Gilbert Police Department, a silver truck was traveling westbound at what appeared to be “normal speeds” when it struck a red passenger car traveling eastbound. The red car had attempted to make a left-hand turn to go north on Cole Drive.
Officers and Gilbert Fire and Rescue first responders attempted lifesaving measures on the three occupants in the red car, but Cooper Lamb and the infant were pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. The female driver of the red car was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
In a Facebook post, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office stated that Cooper Lamb’s fiancée and mother of the child remains hospitalized and in critical condition.
The driver of the truck was uninjured. After an investigation from the Gilbert Police Department’s traffic unit, the truck driver was arrested for possible impairment, officials said.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Pinal Co. sheriff’s son and infant granddaughter killed in car crash