Dec 2, 2013 10:29 PM by Stefanie Boe

Intersection re-opens following deadly accident

TUCSON - The intersection of 22nd and Kolb has re-opened following a deadly accident Monday afternoon. Police say 71-year-old Thelma Torrez died in the crash after being partially ejected from a vehicle when it overturned.

Here's a detailed description of how the accident happened from a Tucson Police Media Release:

Detectives from the Traffic Investigations Unit say a 2000 Toyota 4-Runner sports utility vehicle was traveling eastbound on East 22nd Street in the curb lane. A 1997 Ford Escort was traveling westbound on East 22nd Street in the inside left turn lane. The traffic signal light at the
intersection of East 22nd Street and South Kolb Road was green for east and westbound traffic.

Police say the Ford Escort began making a left turn to drive southbound on South Kolb Road. While turning, the Ford Escort collided with the driver's side rear wheel and quarter panel area of the Toyota 4-Runner as the sports utility vehicle was traveling through the intersection.

The collision caused the Toyota 4-Runner to rotate and roll. The driver of the Toyota 4-Runner was not wearing a seatbelt when the collision occurred, and she was partially ejected out of the driver's door window as the vehicle rolled onto the driver's side. There were no other occupants in the Toyota 4-Runner.

The adult female driver and adult male passenger of the Ford Escort were not injured. The adult female driver of the Ford Escort was arrested for one count of Causing Serious Physical Injury or Death by a Moving Vehicle, Vehicle Turning Left at Intersection Failure to Yield, a misdemeanor violation. She has been identified as Marjorie Villacorte, 62-years old. Ms. Villacorte was cited and released at the scene.


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