TPD: Driver likely impaired before deadly crash on south side

TPD: Driver likely impaired before deadly crash on south side

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Detectives have identified the man killed in Sunday morning's fatal crash on the south side of Tucson, near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

Tucson Police Department officers and Tucson firefighters responded to reports of a crash with serious injuries around 9:15 Sunday morning, June 17, on East Golf Links Road. north of East Ajo Way and South Alvernon Way.

32-year-old Richard H. Chico was found dead in a pick-up truck that had crashed into a desert area south of Golf Links, officers said. Rescue crews tried to revive him but were unsuccessful.

According to the news release from TPD, multiple empty beer cans were found at the scene of the collision. Both speed and impairment appear to be factors in the crash.

Detectives said Chico was driving northbound at a high rate of speed when he drove into the median lane and lost control of his 1999 Chevy Silverado.

According to a news release, Chico's truck crossed all three lanes before hitting a curb and driving down an embankment. Detectives said he hit three large trees before coming to a stop.

Chico was the only person involved in the crash, the only person inside the car at the time, and was partially ejected from the truck. It appears he was not wearing his seat belt, officers said.

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