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Police identify driver in deadly Sunday crash near midtown

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Posted at 11:24 AM, Jan 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 19:29:38-05

Tucson Police previously reported the crash was at Speedway and Arcadia, the story has since been corrected to Pima and Arcadia.

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Tucson police are investigating a deadly crash that happened near midtown Sunday morning.

Officers responded to the area of N. Arcadia Ave. and E. Pima St. around 8:45 a.m. for a report of a serious-injury crash involving two vehicles and Sun Tran bus, according to TPD. Upon arrival, Tucson Fire medics were on scene rendering aid to the driver of a Blue 2006 GMC Sierra.

Police say the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver has been identified as 61-year-old Clay M. Starr. The next of kin was notified.

Three other occupants were taken to Tucson Medical Center and Saint Joseph’s Hospital for minor injuries, according to TPD. The remaining individuals were treated at the scene.

Detectives responded to the scene to continue the investigation, where it was determined that Starr was traveling southbound on Arcadia, as he approached the intersection of Arcadia and Pima, Starr continued through the intersection failing to make a stop for the stop sign, ultimately colliding with the Sun Tran bus, according to TPD. The bus was traveling westbound on Pima in the curb lane. The driver of a Black 2001 Ford Expedition traveling westbound on Pima swerved to avoid the crash, but crossed into the eastbound lanes and struck a building.

Police say Starr's failure to stop for the stop sign appears to be a contributing factor in the crash.

No charges or citations have been issued. The investigation remains ongoing.