Driver dies in crash
on S. Sixth Avenue

A man died in a fiery crash early Saturday when a driver speeding on a south-side street struck his car, a police official said.

As police arrived, bystanders already were pulling a 22-year-old passenger out of the Honda Civic that was engulfed in flames.

The crash at about 2 a.m. was near the intersection of South Sixth Avenue and West Illinois Street, just north of the Pima County Rodeo Grounds.

The bystanders and officers were unable to get the driver out of the car, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson police spokesman.

The driver was pronounced dead. Widmer did not have a name or an age for the man.

His passenger was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, Widmer said.

Detectives determined that a 2000 Chevrolet Impala was southbound on Sixth Avenue lane at high speed, Widmer said.

As the Honda Civic turned onto Sixth Avenue from a private drive, the speeding car rear-ended it. The Chevy Impala continued across the northbound lanes, jumped a curb, hit a bus-bench canopy and eventually struck a chain- link fence.

The Honda Civic came to rest in the southbound lanes of Sixth Avenue and immediately caught fire.”

Juan M. Hernandez-Rodriguez, 28, driver of the Impala, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. His 24-year-old passenger had minor injuries, Widmer said.

Hernandez-Rodriguez was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, Widmer said in a news release.

He was booked into the Pima County jail and faces one count each of second-degree murder, aggravated assault, endangerment and felony criminal damage.

Shooting kills man outside VFW hall

A 39-year-old man was fatally shot shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday outside a VFW at 2308 S. Park Ave, near East 33rd Street, said police Sgt. Chris Widmer. No other information was available.

Pregnant woman loses unborn baby in wreck

A pregnant woman suffered life-threatening injuries and her unborn baby died in a crash Friday.

The woman, 27, was driving on East Lumber Street near South Old Nogales Highway and Interstate 19 when she was hit, said Deputy Tracy Suitt, a spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

Hers was one of three vehicles involved in the crash at about 3 p.m.

The crash unfolded as a northbound pickup veered into the oncoming lane after hitting another vehicle, Suitt said.

The truck then collided head-on with the passenger car driven by the pregnant woman. The pickup driver was not injured.

Kim Matas

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