- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Pima County Sheriff’s officials say a man has been found dead behind the wheel of his car after a crash in the Tucson suburb of Avra Valley.

They say Tucson Mountain District deputies responded to the scene about 4 a.m. Thursday.

Deputies say a vehicle drove through a yard, crashed into a water tank and eventually stopped in a nearby wash.

They say 31-year-old James Pierce Jr. was dead at the scene with obvious signs of trauma.

Sheriff’s officials say the department’s homicide unit has taken over the investigation.

They say the cause of death is pending and will be based upon the results of a forensic examination by the county Medical Examiner’s Office.


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