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.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.