Pedestrian Accidents Across Arizona Leave Three Dead, One Suspect Still Missing

Pedestrian Accidents Across Arizona Leave Three Dead, One Suspect Still MissingThree accidents involving motorists and pedestrians over the weekend have left three Arizonans dead, while police went on a search for the suspect in a deadly hit-and-run accident.

According to ABC affiliate News 15, a 79-year-old man was killed while riding his bike on Saturday, November 19, when he was allegedly hit by a vehicle traveling on the same north Phoenix road.

Fox affiliate KSAZ reports that the crash occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. on 7th Street, near the city of Cloud. Phoenix police told the media outlet that the bicyclist was riding mid-block across the street, just south of Beardsley Road, when a 27-year-old man, driving in a 2001 Honda four-door station wagon, allegedly collided with the rider.

According to the Arizona Republic, the cyclist was traveling west when the accident occurred, while the vehicle was traveling in the southbound lanes. Police Sergeant Tommy Thompson told KSWT Desert News that upon questioning the sedan’s driver, it appeared the motorist was not under the influence of any substance when the accident occurred, and no citations have been issued.

The bicyclist, who remains unidentified, was rushed to a trauma center close to the accident, where he later died from his injuries. Phoenix police are continuing the investigation, although no names have been released, according to Fox.

A separate incident in nearby Tucson left another pedestrian dead and police searching for the suspect whom they believe was involved in the fatal hit-and-run accident.

According to The Associated Press, the suspect was arrested a short time after the accident was discovered and charged with fleeing the scene of an accident. Police say the victim, whose identity has not yet been released, was killed after attempting to cross the road and fell down, where he was then allegedly struck by the motorist.

KVOA News reports that the accident occurred at about 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, on North Alveron Way at the intersection of East Bellevue Street. Reports indicate the 50-year-old man was still on the ground after falling when a small sedan allegedly struck him. After the collision, the driver allegedly fled the scene.

Sergeant Matt Ronstadt of the Tucson Police Department told the AP that investigators then tracked down the man several hours later. According to the Arizona Daily Star, police found 26-year-old Adam J. Worthington and his Toyota Corrolla at his home.

Worthington was then arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal collision, a felony offense, and booked into the county jail. Now, detectives are working to determine if the suspect was at fault for causing the death of the victim. Ronstadt stated that the department is still working to decide whether impairment of drugs or alcohol had any contribution to the alleged hit-and-run, according to the AP.

A third accident left another pedestrian dead on the night of Sunday, November 21, when a tractor trailer allegedly struck a person on Interstate 8 in Yuma. Although the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety were called to the scene, no further details have been released at this time.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 155 pedestrian fatalities in car accidents in 2010, marking a 27.05 percent increase from the year before, while another 1,236 pedestrians were injured that same year. There were 19 reported instances of pedal-cyclist fatalities, with another 1,583 cycling injuries.