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Man killed in Thursday morning crash identified

A man killed when he drove over the center line on East Ajo Way, striking two vehicles, has been identified by Tucson police.

William C. Newman, 51, of the 5300 block of East 26th Street, was killed in the 5:55 a.m. crash, Sgt. Mark Robinson, a police spokesman, said.

Newman was headed west on Ajo Way when he crossed the center line between South First and South Park avenues, Robinson said.

Newman’s car sideswiped a van driven by a 30-year-old East Side woman and then collided nearly head-on with a pickup driven by a 58-year-old West Side man, Robinson said.

The woman was treated by medics at the scene for minor injuries and the pickup driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries, Robinson said. Police were withholding their names. Newman was found dead in his car, Robinson said.

Robinson said investigators Thursday morning had not determined what caused Newman to cross into on-coming traffic.

Traffic on Ajo was restricted from the time of the collision until 9:25 a.m., Robinson said.

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