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A 63-year-old Tucson man died Wednesday from injuries he sustained after his motorcycle crashed into a sign on the north side of town Sunday, authorities said.

Just before 3:30 a.m. on March 19, Tucson police and firefighters responded to reports of a serious motorcycle crash in the area of North First Avenue and East Fort Lowell Road, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a TPD spokesman.

The motorcyclist, identified as Andrew Cassells, was taken to Banner-University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, Dugan said.

Traffic detectives learned that Cassells was driving southbound on First Avenue and began to drift to the west as he approached Delano Street. His motorcycle entered a parking lot and he struck a business sign in front of 613 East Delano Street, Dugan said.

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Cassells was not wearing a helmet.

Detectives say alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.

Contact reporter Caitlin Schmidt at cschmidt@tucson.com or 573-4191