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Driver killed when stolen car crashes on River Rd.

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Driver killed when stolen car crashes on River Rd.

A 26-year-old man was killed when the stolen car he was driving rolled over on a curve on River Road near North 1st Avenue early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Michael Herrera was declared dead at the scene of the crash, in the 1000 block of East River Road, after Tucson police and firefighters responded to the scene just after 3 a.m., a Tucson Police Department spokesman said.

"Citizens had located the flipped vehicle in the roadway and had removed the unresponsive adult male driver. CPR was administered until Tucson fire was on scene and able to take over medical treatment," said Sgt. Pete Dugan.

Herrera was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after emergency crews arrived, he said.

Investigators determined that the crashed car, a black Chevrolet Impala, had been stolen from a used car dealership a short time prior to the crash, Dugan said.

"The driver was traveling eastbound on River Road at a high rate of speed. As he attempted to negotiate a bend in the roadway, he lost control of the vehicle and ended up in the westbound lanes of traffic where he hit the northern curb and a decorative wall," he said.

It is unknown if impairments were a factor in the crash, Dugan said.

Traffic fatalities year to date

For 2016 - 37 For 2017 - 37
Pedestrian - 9 Pedestrian - 17
Bicycle - 4 Bicycle - 1
Motorcycle - 8 Motorcycle - 8

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