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2013-06-02T00:00:00Z Law & Order BriefsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Woman, dog struck, killed on south side

A woman who was walking her dog Friday night was hit and killed as she crossed the street on Tucson's south side, authorities said.

Alexis Virginia Williams, 61, died at University of Arizona Medical Center after rescuers took her there.

Her dog, which was also struck, died at the scene, said Deputy Jesus Bañuelos of the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

The incident happened at 8:10 p.m. in the 3100 block of East Drexel Road, Bañuelos said.

The driver of an SUV was westbound on Drexel Road when the vehicle struck Williams and her dog at Bonney Avenue, he said.

There is no crosswalk at the intersection, and speed was not a factor, Bañuelos said.

The driver was cooperating with the investigation, he said.

Injured paraglider rescued after crash

Deputies and Air Force rescue teams were called to aid a paraglider who crashed near the Santa Rita Mountains Friday night, authorities said.

The 54-year-old man was flying close to the ground when he apparently clipped a rock and crashed, said Deputy Jesus Bañuelos of the Pima County Sheriff's Department. The victim suffered a broken wrist and femur, Bañuelos said.

Another paraglider managed to land safely nearby, Bañuelos said.

The accident happened about 7:25 p.m. Friday near Alazurra Peak in the Santa Rita Mountains. Sheriff's deputies from the Green Valley district sent a search-and- rescue unit, Bañuelos said. A U.S. Air Force Para Rescue unit also assisted.

The teams hoisted both paragliders out of the area.

Fire destroys home, displacing 6 people

An early-morning fire heavily damaged a south-side home Saturday, displacing a family and leaving their home condemned.

Fire crews reached the burning home at 3:37 a.m. based on a 911 call. The home is in the 3700 block of East Dover Stravenue, near Interstate 10 and South Alvernon Way, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Barrett Baker.

By the time firefighters arrived, flames had engulfed a truck and gutted much of the home, Baker said. Crews cut off a section of roof and controlled the fire in about 17 minutes. Damage was estimated at $60,000, and no cause was given immediately for the fire.

The Red Cross was aiding the displaced family of six, Baker said.

On StarNet: Find an interactive crime map for Tucson and Pima County at azstarnet.com/crimemap

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