Tucson police ID woman killed in Wednesday crash on West Side
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Tucson police ID woman killed in Wednesday crash on West Side

A 69-year-old woman died at the scene of a midday car crash at Silverlake Road and the Interstate-10 frontage road Wednesday, authorities said.

Margaret M. Ramirez's name was released Thursday by police.

Around 12:30 p.m., a gray 2-19 Chevrolet Impala driven by Ramirez ran a red light while heading west on Silverlake. Ramirez hit a gray 2019 Kia passenger car that was northbound on the frontage road, proceeding on a green light through the intersection, a Tucson Police Department press release said.

"The Impala drove in front of the Kia and the two vehicles collided," TPD said.

"The Kia came to rest on the sidewalk of the northwest corner," TPD said. "The Impala continued westbound after the collision, passing under the freeway, through the southbound lanes of South Frontage Road and came to rest down an embankment on the far northwest corner of the intersection."

Ramirez was unresponsive when Tucson Fire personnel arrived at the scene. They attempted first aid, but she was pronounced dead at the scene, TPD said. Her family was notified, police said.

The adult woman driver of the Kia was taken to Banner University Medical Center for what police said were "minor injuries." A DUI officer determined that she was not impaired at the time of the collision.

So far this year, there have been 33 traffic fatalities in Tucson, including six vehicle deaths. By this date last year, there had been 40 traffic deaths, including 17 in vehicles.

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Twenty of this year's deaths have been pedestrians; last year, 16 pedestrians had been killed on Tucson streets by August 8.

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