Bicyclist Killed in Phoenix Crash with Semi

Bicyclist Killed in Phoenix Crash with SemiA bicyclist was killed in Phoenix on Tuesday, October 27, when he was hit by a semi-truck at 59th Avenue, which is a little bit south of Interstate 10.

Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Scott Walker confirmed to radio station KTAR the bicyclist died at the scene of the accident.

Local police Sergeant Tommy Thompson told the news provider that the accident was gruesome, as is typical of such bike-truck collisions.

“When you have an accident involving a semi and a bicycle, the consequences are horrific and it will be a matter of reconstructing that crime scene to determine what direction the different vehicles were traveling in this case,” he said.

In 2009, the latest year for which statistics were available, 630 pedalcyclists – defined as vehicles powered solely by pedals – were killed in traffic collisions. While this represented a decline of 63 from the 2000 total, pedalcyclists’ share of total traffic fatalities increased from 1.7 percent to 1.9 percent during the same period, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Authorities are now looking for the driver of the truck, which was a tan Peterbilt with dark fenders, according to Thompson. The truck was also pulling a white trailer.

Thompson said he believed the driver of the truck would likely be found.

“Just like those of us who drive passenger vehicles, we become very accustomed to the types of vehicles around us,” he told the news provider. “In the trucking world, most of those people know one truck from another, know what it looks like.”

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, 762 people were killed in traffic incidents in the Grand Canyon state in 2010.