May 062012

Authorities have identified a man who died after a car went into an irrigation canal Friday morning in Avondale.

The 911 call came in around 3:15 a.m. when someone spotted the small passenger car already in the canal on the southwest corner of 99th Avenue and Thomas Road, said Detective Reuben Gonzales with Avondale police.

Phoenix and Avondale police and fire departments responded to the scene.

Crews attempted to rescue Derek Limon, 27, who was trapped in the vehicle.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Officer Chris Hegstrom said a witness saw Limon’s car brake just south of Thomas Road and the car go into the canal and flip over.

The canal is reportedly seven feet deep.

Hegstrom said no drugs or alcohol were found in the car and the cause of death will be determined pending the results of a toxicology report from the Medical Examiner’s Office. No foul play is expected.

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