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Officials have identified the man killed in Wednesday's crash on southbound Interstate 19 near Valencia Road.

John C. Croci, 19, lost control of his pickup truck about 4 a.m., swerved, struck a car and rolled, according to Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr. It's unknown why he lost control. 

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Croci was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from his car, Mehr said. 

He was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries. 

Contact reporter Gloria Knott at or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott

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Gloria is a Tucson native and attended the University of Arizona. She started at the Star as an apprentice in 2017. Following her apprenticeship, she began freelancing until becoming a full-time reporter and producer after her college graduation in 2018.