Border Patrol Agent Roberto J. Duran was on temporary assignment to the Casa Grande Station, Arizona on Monday, May 6, 2002, when he was involved in a fatal vehicle accident.
Agent Duran was returning to the Casa Grande Station in his Service vehicle on Federal Route 15 at the end of a midnight shift. At approximately 5:25 a.m., an agent following Agent Duran witnessed his vehicle leave the pavement of the east side of the road. Agent Duran apparently over-corrected which caused the vehicle to overturn several times and ejected him from the vehicle. Agents from the Casa Grande Station attempted to render emergency aid to Agent Duran and provide comfort. However, he died at the scene due to injuries sustained in the accident.
Agent Duran was a native of Anthony, New Mexico. He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1986 to 1997. He was a graduate of Class 361 of the United States Border Patrol Academy in Charleston, South Carolina. At the time of his death, his official station was Chula Vista, California.