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Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb's son, infant grandchild killed in crash in Gilbert

The son and infant grandchild of Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb were identified as the victims of Friday's fatal crash in Gilbert, officials said.

GILBERT, Ariz. — The 22-year-old man and infant killed in a crash on Friday were identified as Cooper Lamb, the son of Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb and the sheriff's infant grandchild, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

Gilbert police say the crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. near Elliot Road and Cole Drive.

Police say a truck driven by 21-year-old Brian Torres was traveling westbound when it T-boned a red passenger car traveling eastbound as it made a left-hand turn to go north on Cole Drive.

When emergency crews arrived, they attempted life-saving measures on the three occupants of the red passenger car.  

Police say that 22-year-old Cooper Lamb and his young daughter died on the scene. The female driver of the car, Lamb's wife Caroline, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police confirmed the infant was secured in a rear-facing car seat.

The Gilbert Police Department released the following statement:

"It is with heartfelt sadness to report the identity of the 22-year-old male in yesterday's fatal collision on Elliot and Cole to be that of Cooper Lamb, Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb's son, and his infant grandchild— both passengers of the vehicle."

Pinal County Sheriff's Office shared the news on Facebook.

Last night, Sheriff Lamb lost his son, Cooper Lamb, along with his one-year-old granddaughter in a crash in Gilbert....

Posted by Pinal County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, December 17, 2022

Torres was not injured but was arrested for possible impairment, police say.

Jason Vaught was working from home when he heard a loud noise.

"I thought for sure it was a bookshelf that fell over. It was so loud almost the whole block came out to see it. That’s how loud it was," said Vaught.

“In a matter of minutes, there were about 15 people all surrounding the car. Got the baby out. Got the people out. I saw one of them doing mouth to mouth on the baby, and the other was doing compressions on the passenger until police got there, Vaught added.

Vaught told 12News there was another crash at the same intersection just hours before the deadly crash.

"Just devastating, you see this on the news, but when it happens right in front of your house, it hit home," said Vaught.

A portion of Elliot Road was closed as police investigated the crash. 

*Editorial note* Gilbert police originally identified one of the victims as a teenager but later said the victim was 22 years old. 

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