Man Found Dead in Avra Valley Vehicle Crash

This morning, at approximately 4:00 a.m., Tucson Mountain District deputies responded to the 17100 block of West Silverbell Road for the report of a suspicious vehicle.

While en route, deputies learned that a vehicle drove through a yard, crashed into a water tank, and eventually stopped in a nearby wash.

When deputies arrived, they found the driver, 31-year-old James Pierce Jr., deceased behind the wheel of a white, older model Chevrolet Suburban, with obvious signs of trauma. The Homicide Unit responded and took over the investigation.

The cause of death is pending and will be based upon the results of a forensic examination by the Office of the Medical Examiner. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME to remain anonymous.

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