Pedestrian Seriously Injured in North Tucson Accident

A pedestrian was reportedly injured after being struck by a car in North Tucson. A pedestrian was reportedly seriously injured in North Tucson on Thursday, October 17, after a vehicle, according to reports, allegedly struck him.

KVOA News reports a spokesperson from the Marana Police Department affirmed the pedestrian was reportedly involved in what police reports indicate was a major accident. Marana Police said that the pedestrian was reportedly crossing the southbound lanes of Thornydale near Ina at roughly 8 a.m. on Thursday when he is said to have been hit.

The Marana Police Department said that they had not released the identity of the pedestrian. The pedestrian was reportedly taken to University Medical Center after he sustained what police reports concluded were life-threatening injuries as a result of the incident.

A Marana Police spokesperson said that it is believed the pedestrian was not crossing the street on a crosswalk at the time of the accident. The intersection is exceedingly busy as a result of normal daily traffic, police deputies asserted.

Investigators from the Marana Police Department are intensifying their investigation into the accident, but they did not comment as to whether they believed a toxic substance was a contributing factor in the incident. Police officers reportedly closed the southbound lane of Thornydale from Massingale Road to Ina Road as they worked to look into the incident.

The Governors Highway Safety Association's "Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State" handbook states there were more than 100 pedestrian fatalities in Arizona in 2009, the last year for which data were available. Arizona lawmakers have endeavored to reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities in the state over the past few years, according to the organization.