Border Patrol agent killed in single-vehicle crash

Border Patrol agent killed in single-vehicle crash

By Laura Kittell, Ina Ronquillo. CREATED May 28, 2014 - UPDATED: May 28, 2014

BENSON, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A five-year veteran of Border Patrol, Alexander Giannini, was killed in a serious rollover accident that closed I-10 eastbound about eight miles east of Benson on Wednesday morning.

Border Patrol tells KGUN9 that shortly after 7:30 a.m., two on-duty Border Patrol Agents were involved in a single-vehicle accident.

The agents were traveling Eastbound on I-10 near Sybil Road when the accident occurred.

Both Agents were transported to UAMC; one by life flight and the other by ground ambulance.

Governor Jan Brewer has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in honor of Border Patrol Agent Alexander Giannini.

The governor has ordered that flags also be lowered on the day of his interment, for which services are pending.

CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske released the following statement regarding the death of the agent:

"It saddens me to report that the Border Patrol Agent being transported via Life Flight – a 5-year veteran of the Border Patrol -- died enroute.
As of this writing, the nature of other Agent’s injuries is not known and the cause of the accident is being investigated.
It is difficult expressing our thoughts and appreciation for their commitment and dedication to the mission knowing that whatever words we draw upon simply will not do justice to the sacrifices they made.  We ask that the citizens of Arizona and the nation join us in thoughts and prayers for the families of these brave individuals."