Feb 8, 2014 9:28 PM by Stefanie Boe
TUCSON - Tucson Police have arrested a man accused of triggering a deadly crash overnight on the southside.
28-year old Juan M. Hernandez-Rodriguez is in the Pima County Jail on 1 count of 2nd Degree Murder, 1 count of Aggravated Assault, 1 count of Endangerment, and 1 count of Felony Criminal Damage.
The accident happened just before 2 a.m. near the intersection of South 6th Avenue and West Illinois Street.
Detectives from the Traffic Investigations Unit determined that the 2000 Chevrolet Impala driven by Hernandez-Rodriguez was traveling southbound on 6th Avenue in the curb lane at a high rate of speed. A 1994 Honda Civic turned southbound onto 6th Avenue from a private drive on the west side of 6th Avenue. The Chevy Impala rear ended the Honda Civic. The Chevy Impala continued across the northbound lanes, jumped the curb, hit the bus bench canopy on the east side of the street, continued into a dirt lot and into a chain link fence.
The Honda Civic came to rest in the southbound lanes of 6th Avenue and immediately caught fire.
Bystanders and Officers tried removing a 22-year old driver from the burning vehicle, but couldn't.
Personnel from the Tucson Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire. The driver was
pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger from the burning vehicle was transported to a hospital with life threatening injuries.
Detectives say the driver of the Chevrolet Impala, Hernandez-Rodriguez, was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the crash.