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Police arrest man involved in deadly hit and run near eastside

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 19:48:01-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson Police Department is investigating a deadly hit and run crash that happened near the eastside on Wednesday.

TPD officers responded to 5900 block of East 22nd Street about a report of a serious injury hit and run crash around 12:30 p.m.

Upon arrival police learned the crash involved four vehicles.

Tucson Fire Department took an adult woman to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, where she later died.

Police have identified the woman as 60-year-old Beverly Jones.

Police say an adult man in a different vehicle was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Detectives determined Jones was in a green Toyota Tundra Pickup Truck traveling eastbound on East 22nd Street when she was rear-ended by a white Ford F-150 Pickup Truck, which was traveling at a high rate of speed according to police.

The crash forced Jones and her vehicle to spin and collide with a raised median.

Jones' truck then rolled over into the median and go into westbound lanes where her truck was hit by two other vehicles.

The driver of the white Ford F-150 Pickup Truck did not stay on the scene. Officers later found the Ford F-150 abandoned a few block from the scene.

Police say they later found the driver 30-year-old Mathew Gallaher at his home.

Gallaher was arrested and booked into Pima County Jail.

He is facing one count of leaving the scene of an accident that results in Injury or death, and other related charges.