The Tucson Police Department is investigating a fatal vehicle collision that occurred Monday afternoon on Tucson’s South Side.
On December 4, 2017, at approximately 2:30 p.m., officers and members of the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) were dispatched to a report of a serious injury collision involving two vehicles at E. Bilby Rd. and S. Nogales Hwy.
Tucson Police Department personnel arrived on-scene and located an adult male on the ground with obvious serious injuries. They began administering CPR until TFD arrived and took over medical treatment. TFD transported the male to a local hospital, where he was sadly pronounced deceased a short time later. Two occupants of the other vehicle involved in the collision were also transported to the hospital, both with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
Tucson Police Traffic Detectives responded to continue the investigation. They were able to determine that a maroon 2005 F-150 Pickup Truck was eastbound on Bilby at a high rate of speed, approaching Nogales Hwy. Using the left turn lane, he passed several vehicles that were stopped in the through lane of Bilby. He disregarded the red signal light and continued through the intersection. A white 2011 Jeep Patriot was northbound on Nogales Hwy in the median lane, and was driving through the intersection on a solid green light.
The two vehicles collided in the intersection, and slid into an open dirt area on the northeast corner of the intersection. The driver of the maroon F-150 was ejected from his vehicle. He was not wearing a seat-belt and it appears his speed and alcohol are possible factors in the collision. The two occupants of the white Jeep were wearing their seat-belts.
This remains an active investigation, and no citations or arrests have been made at this time. The driver of the maroon F-150 has been identified as 29-year-old David Verdugo.