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Driver faces felony charges after hitting and killing motorcyclist, fleeing scene

Police identify motorcycle rider who died after wreck
61-year-old Steve Villagas Arbizo was booked into Pima County Jail on a $50,000 bond. His charges include aggravated assault, criminal damage, aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of a serious injury collision. Additional charges are pending.
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Posted at 10:39 AM, Oct 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 18:14:04-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson Police are investigating a deadly motorcycle crash that happened near the southeast side Friday evening.

The crash happened around 8 p.m. near the area of Golf Links and Hearthstone, where a vehicle made a left turn in front of a motorcycle. The driver of the vehicle then fled the scene and was followed by witnesses. The driver got away from witnesses, but was found with the use of K9 and Air Support.

Police say it was determined that the driver of the vehicle was impaired.

The driver, 61-year-old Steve Villagas Arbizo, was booked into Pima County Jail on a $50,000 bond. His charges include aggravated assault, criminal damage, aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of a serious injury collision. Additional charges are pending.

The motorcyclist, 60-year-old Thomas Joseph Ross, died at the hospital.