The first fatal accident of 2013 in Pima County occurred Thursday morning, just after midnight, near La Cholla Boulevard and Magee Road.

Deputies with the Sheriff’s Foothills District responded and found a Honda Accord with two occupants had rolled over. The passenger of the car, 32-year-old Ricardo R. Perez, was declared deceased on scene.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Traffic Unit responded and determined that the vehicle was travelling through a new loop that is currently still under construction when the driver lost control due to high speed. The vehicle then rolled and came to a final rest on the shoulder of the roadway. The passenger sustained fatal injuries and the driver was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation and treatment of his injuries.

Alcohol is considered a factor in this incident.

After treatment at the hospital, the driver, Justin Michael Kitts, 32, was released and taken into custody by deputies. He was booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center on a charge of Second Degree Murder.

The investigation continues.

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