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Authorities are searching for a white Ford SUV after a Tucson man was killed and two others were injured in a hit-and-run collision on Interstate 19 near Tubac last Friday night, according to a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

DPS received the first call at 9:04 p.m. on Friday, May 28, reporting a car crash in the southbound lanes of the interstate near Kilometer 34.

“There was a shuttle passenger van stranded on the right shoulder with a flat tire,” spokesman Bart Graves told the NI. “The driver of the shuttle and two additional passengers were trying to change the tire when a vehicle side-swiped them.”

Following impact, two of the victims remained near the shuttle with severe injuries, Graves said. The third victim was thrown a few hundred feet south of the initial point of contact and into traffic.

Graves added that a second vehicle was unable to change lanes due to traffic, and ran over the victim who was laying in the middle of the right lane. That victim, identified on Tuesday as 19-year-old Rodolfo Valenzuela of Tucson, was pronounced dead at scene.

The shuttle driver and the other passenger, who had remained near the shuttle, were transported to a hospital in Tucson.

The vehicle involved in the hit-and-run was described as a 2018 white Ford SUV, possibly an Explorer.

As southbound traffic began to slow down and merge into the left lane following the collision, Graves said, a motorcyclist was unable to react in time and rear-ended a vehicle that had slowed down.

That person, identified as a federal law enforcement officer, was also taken to a Tucson-area hospital.

As of Tuesday afternoon, no arrests had been made in connection with the hit-and-run, Graves said.

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