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Deadly collision at Aviation Parkway and Golf Links

Posted at 7:15 AM, Feb 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 01:57:47-05

One man is dead after a serious injury collision on Aviation Parkway at Golf Links Road.

According to Sgt. Pete Dugan with TPD, on Saturday, police attempted to stop 27-year-old Gilbert Graeda for a traffic violation. He was driving a 2005 Cadillac CTS and police say he refused to stop and fled from officers near East Golf Links Road and South Craycroft Road.

TPD says officers did not pursue Graeda. About 10 minutes later, Sgt. Dugan says Midtown Officers were called to a single car rollover collision near East Golf Links Road and East Aviation Parkway. When officers arrived, they say it was the same car that refused to stop earlier. 

Graeda was taken to Banner Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Police say he was not wearing a seatbelt, and was ejected from the car during the collision. Graeda died at the hospital on Sunday.

TPD says the car was driving westbound on East Golf Links Road at a high speed. That's when the driver attempted to turn onto East Aviation Parkway and lost control, causing it to rollover. 

Police say speed appears to be a major contributing factor in the collision.

East Golf Links Road and Aviation Parkway was closed because of the collision for a few hours on Saturday.