Woman killed in two-vehicle crash at Drexel, Palo Verde in Tucson

The PCSD said the investigation is still ongoing.
The PCSD said the investigation is still ongoing.(MGN JPG w/ Credits)
Published: Jun. 9, 2023 at 6:05 PM MST|Updated: Jun. 12, 2023 at 9:12 AM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (13 News) - The Pima County Sheriff’s Department responded to a serious injury crash at 5:11 p.m. on June 9, at the intersection of E. Drexel Rd. and S. Palo Verde Rd where two vehicles had collided.

During the investigation, Deputies learned that a car driven by 68-year-old Estela Gallegos was eastbound on Drexel Rd. and approaching Palo Verde Rd.

Gallegos had a green light and entered the intersection. A southbound van driven by 64-year-old Ignacio Pena drove through the intersection while he had a red signal light active.

The PCSD said Ignacio’s vehicle collided with the driver’s side of Gallegos’ car. Gallegos suffered life-threatening injuries and later died at the hospital.

Deputies said Pena received minor injuries during the crash and was cited for causing death by moving violation.

The PCSD said the investigation is still ongoing.

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