76-year-old dies in early-morning crash on Tucson's east side - Tucson News Now

76-year-old dies in early-morning crash on Tucson's east side

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A man died in a crash on Tucson's east side at 2:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, according to a news release from the Tucson Police Department. 

Officers from TPD's Operations Division East responded to the 500 block of North Igo Way for a report of a single-vehicle crash.  According to TPD, officers found a truck on its side in a drainage ditch with the driver, identified as 76-year-old Frank Gamez, still inside. 

Tucson Fire Department crews arrived to assist, however Gamez was pronounced dead at the scene.  There was no one else inside the truck. 

According to detectives with TPD's Traffic Investigations Unit, the truck was traveling south on Igo Way, heading toward East Fifth Street, where the road is split by a drainage ditch with guardrails and signage.  It appears that Gamez did not follow the curve of the road and went through the guardrail and into the drainage ditch eight feet below.  

TPD is reporting that speed does not appear to be a factor, however Gamez was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.  

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