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Man dies after driving car into palm tree

A 28-year-old man died after he crash his car on Tucson's East Side on Tuesday afternoon. Ben-David Pflug was speeding through a residential neighborhood when he struck a large rock and then a palm tree. Taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, he later died, authorities said.

Tucson police responded to a report of the crash around 2:20 p.m. According to witnesses, Pflug had driven a gray 2006 Scion at a "high rate of speed" through the neighborhood near Dorado County Club golf course before driving off the road, hitting a large rock and mailbox and then a palm tree, in the 6300 block of East Dorado Place, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman said.

Pflug was taken to Banner University Medical Center with "with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries," said Sgt. Kimberly Bay.

Pflug was not wearing his seat belt, Bay said.

"The investigation is ongoing to determine if any impairment was also a factor in this collision," she said.

Traffic fatalities year to date

For 2016 - 8 For 2017 - 17
Pedestrian - 2 Pedestrian - 9
Bicycle - 0 Bicycle - 1
Motorcycle - 3 Motorcycle - 5
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