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May 19, 2014 1:32 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Man killed in crash was on way home from second job

TUCSON - A 63-year-old man killed Saturday morning was on his way home from his second job.

Juan Avila-Arce worked at El Corral restaurant Friday morning and Old Chicago Pizza that night, according to his nephew, Jonathan Galaviz.

"He didn't have days off," Galaviz said. "He'd just do whatever it takes to have a little job to make some more money for the family."

Jean Villena-Celis, 21, ran a stop sign at Roger Road and Mountain Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Tucson Police. Officers believed he might have been intoxicated, and he was charged with Second Degree Murder.

"I understand that things happen," Galaviz said. "But he has to pay for his actions."

Villena-Celis appears to be a University of Arizona student from the Los Angeles area, according to public records.

"I know it's graduation time," Galaviz said. "It's not worth it. Just call a cab. Call a cab, and go home safely."

Avila-Arce left behind his wife, 3 children and a new grandchild.

"He used to play with him every day, and he used to play horsey all the time," Galaviz said. "He was a very happy man."

Villena-Celis appeared in court Saturday night. He does not appear to be a flight risk, so he was released. His next court date is June 6 at 1:30 p.m.

A Jean Villena-Celis is mentioned in a Los Angeles-area high school newsletter in 2010. A Jean Villena-Celis worked for a Los Angeles suburb as a part-time recreation counselor in 2011 and 2012. A Jean Villena-Celis listed his home in the Los Angeles area in a speeding charge last March, according to Arizona Supreme Court records. The car he was driving had a California license plate, according to Galaviz. A Jean Villena-Celis is listed as an undergraduate student in the University of Arizona directory.


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