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Police: Pedestrian killed by drunk driver on South Side

A 59-year-old woman was killed when a drunk driver ran a red light on Ajo Way on Sunday afternoon, Tucson police said.

Beatrice Alvarez was in a crosswalk at East Ajo Way and South Forgeus Avenue, walking north just before 4 p.m., when an eastbound 2016 Kia Forte ran a red light and struck her and another vehicle, a Tucson Police Department spokesman said.

Tucson Fire Department personnel were unable to save Alvarez, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of a 2009 Toyota Corolla that was making a left turn from northbound Forgeus onto Ajo was taken to Banner University Medical center with minor injuries after that car was hit by the Kia.

The driver of the Kia, 26-year-old Gabriela Aragon, was arrested after a DUI investigator with TPD determined that she was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, Officer Ray Smith said in a news release.

Aragon was arrested on one count each of 2nd degree murder, aggravated assault and criminal damage, and booked into the Pima County Jail.

"Interviews and roadway evidence indicate that speed does appear to be a factor in this collision," Smith said.

Aragon has not yet faced a trial or been convicted in the case. Smith said the investigation is continuing, and more charges may be filed.

Alvarez is the 39th pedestrian to die on Tucson streets this year, 10 more than had died year-to-date in 2018.

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Traffic deaths, year-to-date

2018 – 69 deaths 2019 – 79 deaths
Pedestrian – 29 Pedestrian – 39
Bicycle – 4 Bicycle – 6
Motorcycle – 7 Motorcycle – 14
Vehicle - 29 Vehicle – 20
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Gabriela Aragon in her booking photo.