TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson Police Department has identified the man who died in a crash that closed South Nogales Highway at East Bilby Road.
Police said on Tuesday, Dec. 5, that 29-year-old David Verdugo was ejected from the Ford pickup he was driving when it collided with a Jeep Patriot at about 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4.
Nogales Highway was closed for several hours from East Valencia Road to East Drexel Road.
Police say Verdugo was not wearing a seatbelt and that it appears speed and alcohol are possible factors in this crash.
Police say Verdugo was driving his pickup east on Bilby at a high rate of speed. He used the left-turn lane to pass several other eastbound vehicles. He ignored a red light and collided with the Jeep, which was northbound on Nogales Highway, police said.