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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 8:01 am | Updated: 5:34 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A Dobson High School sophomore could be charged with manslaughter after a head-on collision Tuesday that killed a 20-year-old woman and injured her 19-year-old sister.

Mesa police Detective Jerry Gissel said Chandler resident Tyler Weaver, 16, made statements about using drugs over the weekend, and a drug recognition test showed signs consistent with stimulant use.

Possible manslaughter and aggravated assault charges are pending the results of Weaver’s blood test, Gissel said.

Phoenix resident Amanda Minton, 20, died in the collision. Her sister, whose name was not immediately available, was a passenger in her car and received injuries that were not life-threatening, Gissel said.

Weaver was driving a 2000 Ford Excursion about 8:19 p.m. north in the 2300 block of South Dobson Road when he lost control of his vehicle, left the road and hit a tree in the raised median.

“He indicated he accidently hit the gas when he lost control,” Gissel said.

The vehicle returned to the roadway but then overcorrected and went over the median into the oncoming lane before colliding with Minton’s 1992 Ford Crown Victoria, Gissel said.

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