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TPD investigating deadly collision on southside

Posted at 10:01 AM, Jun 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-19 12:46:58-04

Tucson Police are investigating a deadly collision in the 1800 block East Aerospace Parkway, according to Sgt. Pete Dugan of TPD. 

Dugan says the road from Hughes Access to Country Club has reopened following the collision. 

Officers responded to the 1800 block of East Aerospace Parkway at 8:25 a.m. for a call of a two vehicle rollover collision. 

As officers arrived, it was determined that both of the drivers were ejected from their vehicles. Tucson Fire responded and pronounced both drivers dead on scene. 

Traffic detectives continued their investigation and determined that a 2006 Nissan Frontier was driving eastbound on East Aerospace Parkway, approaching a curve in the road. Police say at the same time, a 2005 Saturn Ion was also traveling eastbound and tried to pass the Nissan at the curve. 

Police say this section of the roadway is marked as a no passing zone. 

As the Saturn was trying to pass, a third vehicle began approaching from the west. Police say it is unclear if the two eastbound vehicles collided with one other at that time, but both vehicles left the roadway and rolled over multiple times. 

The westbound vehicle slowed as the collision happened and then drove past the scene. 

Nearby construction workers witnessed the collision and ran toward the scene and were able to pull an 8-year-old female passenger out of the Nissan. She was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. 

Police say that speed appears to be a factor in the collision. It is not known if impairments were an additional factor. 

The deceased driver of the Nissan has been identified as 40-year-old Jason Bennett. The deceased driver of the Saturn has been identified as 21-year-old Robert Salgado.

Traffic investigators are still working to locate additional witnesses from the scene.