Tucson Police continue to search for Justin Lang, a suspect in the June 10 hit and run crash that killed Amado tow truck driver Richard "Rick" Struble and Ramon Murillo III.

A Tucson man wanted in connection with the June 10 death of an Amado truck driver and one of his customers was already a fugitive from justice.

Justin Lang

Justin Lang

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, Justin Lang, 32, was released from prison in November in an aggravated assault case and a warrant was issued for his arrest Feb. 25 after he absconded while on parole.

On Friday, Tucson police identified Lang as the suspect in the hit and run crash that killed Amado resident Richard "Rick" Struble, 57, and Ramon Murillo III, 32.

According to Tucson police, Lang was traveling east on West Simmons Road in a BMW at a high rate of speed around 10 p.m.  Simmons ends at Oracle Road, but Lang continued across all six lanes of Oracle and drove directly into the parking lot of Discount Tire, just south of Prince Road, police said.

The vehicle, a 2001 BMW 740 iL, struck a tow truck, Struble and Murillo as they were standing in the parking lot. Murillo died at the scene and Struble died shortly after arriving at a hospital, TPD Sgt. Pete Dugan said.

Police said Lang fled east on foot through an apartment complex and has not been found. 

Lang was sentenced to five years in prison in November 2014, after pleading guilty to aggravated assault. According to court records, Lang shot a man in the knee because he believed he'd been given salt instead of methamphetamine during a $450 drug deal at a motel on North Oracle Road. Lang told a probation officer he intended to shoot a mattress and not the drug dealer.

In a presentence report, the probation officer wrote, "The defendant has spent much of his life either addicted to illicit substances or incarcerated...while he realizes the harm he caused to the community and those about whom he cares, he has continued to make impulsive and destructive choices."

 Lang has also spent time in prison for stealing a car and for a drug violation, ADOC records show.

Kim Smith | 520-547-9740


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