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DIGGING DEEPER: Pima County reopens distracted driving case that resulted in 2 deaths

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TUCSON (KVOA) -  New details have surfaced about the collision in Oro Valley where investigators believed the driver who caused the crash may have been texting and driving.

Caitlin Festerling and her boyfriend Paul Garcia died as a result. It happened in Oro Valley last November.

Investigators say the driver rear-ended their vehicle which caused it to crash head-on with an oncoming vehicle.

In May, the families of the victims were told by the Pima County Attorney's Office that they were unable to move forward with the prosecution.

The families then started a petition.     

The Festerling-Garcia families have gathered almost 7,000 signatures to have the county attorney's office revisit the case.

The signatures were delivered to the county attorney's office and to the office of Gov. Doug Ducey.

Now, Tucson city Councilman Steve Kozachik is helping in the fight to help these families.

"We have a situation here where there is a distracted driving law that's being ignored," Kozachik said. "We have two young people who are dead. We have a situation where there are 6,600 plus people that want justice. The county attorney needs to pick this case up and prosecute it."

Why is the city councilman for Ward 6 helping a family who lives in Oro Valley?

"Our justice needs to work for everybody in our region, not just in Ward 6," he said. "Who is going to step up to the plate if not somebody in an elected position, hold the system accountable and help this family hold the system accountable?"

David Berkman, chief criminal deputy said this is an active criminal investigation and they have made no decision.

They have come across some additional information.

The Digging Deeper team will share the updates as the story develops.

Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo is an investigative reporter. She is part of the Digging Deeper team that uncovers important issues focusing on crime that affects the community.

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