Dps Seeks Witnesses To Fatal Crash


Detectives are looking for anyone that may have witnessed Wednesday’s rollover that killed a 7-year-girl south of Payson.

The Department of Public Safety says anyone that saw the vehicle, the wreck or the aftermath is encouraged to call Det. John Ruble at (602) 223-2370.

Gasoa “Josh” Balas, 36, was reportedly fleeing from police when he lost control of a 1999 silver Toyota passenger vehicle, rolling it near milepost 246 about 4 p.m. Officers were not pursuing him at the time of the crash.

His daughter, Calandra Balas, died on the scene.

Gasoa suffered only minor injuries. He faces a second-degree murder charge plus other counts.


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