Former marine killed in Sunday motorcycle crash

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - Gov. Brewer ordered Arizona flags to be flown at half staff Monday to honor a former marine who died in a motorcycle accident Sunday.

Tucson Police identified the man, 37-year-old Brian Petrie, Monday. Petrie was heading to work as a corrections officer when the accident happened, Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement.

"Officer Petrie was a 15-year veteran with the (Corrections) Department.  He had only recently returned to work after a 2-year stateside deployment with the Marine Corps Reserves.  He was a father of three children, ages 15, 14 and 8," Brewer said.

Petrie was pronounced dead at a hospital after being struck by an SUV who failed to yield, Tucson Police spokesman Sgt. Matt Ronstadt said in a release.

Officers responded to an accident call at about 9:30 p.m. near Wilmot and the eastbound frontage road along Interstate 10 Sunday night.

An investigation revealed that a 27-year-old woman driving an SUV turned left in front of the motorcycle, failing to yield to his right-of-way, Ronstadt said.

Detectives said Petrie was heading southbound on Wilmot. He struck the side of a Chevy Equinox as he crossed the intersection of Wilmot and the I-10 frontage road.

The driver, a 27-year-old female, was turning left and failed to yield. Excessive speed or alcohol were not factors in the crash.

"Charges or citations are pending the outcome of the investigation," Ronstadt said in the release.

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