Police identify man killed in two-vehicle collision on Friday

Police identify man killed in two-vehicle collision on Friday
(Source: Tucson Police Department)
(Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Authorities are investigating a fatal crash on Houghton Road in Tucson Friday night, Nov. 3.

At 5:15 p.m., crews responded to a serious injury collision involving two vehicles at South Houghton Road and East Seven Generations Way, according to a release from the Tucson Police Department.

Tucson Fire crews found one vehicle flipped over and fully engulfed in flames with the driver trapped inside, TPD said. Crews were able to extinguish the flames but the adult male driver, identified as 22-year-old Austin Ortiz, was pronounced deceased on scene.

Investigators said Ortiz was driving a 1991 Chevrolet Camaro northbound on Houghton Road at a high rate of speed. Witnesses on scene told police the Camaro was weaving in and out of all three lanes, TFD said. The Camaro collided with the front end of a 1999 Toyota Camry that was southbound on Houghton Road intending to make a left turn. The Camaro flipped over and caught on fire and the Camry spun over to the east side of Houghton and onto a dedicated walking path, TFD said.

The adult female driver of the Camry was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected during the collision, TFD said. She was transported to the hospital and is currently in critical, but stable condition.

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