TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - At least two people were injured Friday in a multiple-vehicle crash near the Pima Animal Care Center's new building in Tucson.
On Saturday Dec. 23, one of the drivers involved died from injuries sustained during the collisions, TPD said. He was identified as 59- year-old Edward Robert Lopez.
Detectives with the Tucson Police Department said Lopez was driving a white 2009 Acura and traveling eastbound on Sweetwater Drive at a high rate of speed. Lopez struck the rear end of another eastbound vehicle with his car about a quarter of a mile west of Silverbell Road, TPD said. TPD said that the collision caused the other vehicle to leave the roadway and roll down an embankment into a ditch. The driver of that vehicle was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
Lopez continued eastbound and passed another vehicle at approximately 80 mph in the westbound lanes of traffic, TPD said. Lopez then drove through the red light at the intersection of Sweetwater and Silverbell and entered the parking lot of the Pima Animal Care Center without slowing down.
The Acura struck four parked vehicles, causing those vehicles to be pushed into others, before finally coming to rest, TPD said. One of the four vehicles hit was occupied and the person inside was transported with minor injuries. Lopez was transported to Banner University Medical Center with life threatening injuries, TPD said.
At least nine vehicles were damaged during the incident, TPD said.
Police said speed was an obvious factor in the collision but there were no signs of impairment.
Detectives are trying to determine if Lopez was having a medical emergency during the time of the incident.
We will have more information when it is available.
PACC, which is set to move into its new facility next week, asked that residents should come to the facility for emergencies only.
Adoptions, license renewals, pet surrenders and other business should be postponed until Saturday, Dec. 23, if possible.