Police Arrest Suspected Driver Who Hit Biker in Tucson Hit-And-Run

A bicyclist was killed in a hit-and-run in Tucson over the weekend.Over the weekend in Tucson, a tragedy unfolded as a bike rider was struck in a hit-and-run accident. Though they were initially unaware of the perpetrator, local officials in the city announced early this week they have in custody the alleged driver of the vehicle, according to reports.

Bond has been set at $75,000 in Pima Justice Court for Edward Gomez Nava, KOLD News reports. The 48-year-old male is accused of hitting a cyclist, Albert Brack, this past weekend. Many states across the U.S. stepped up their roadway monitoring over the long Labor Day weekend, as studies have shown that holiday weekends tend to correspond to spikes in drinking and driving accidents.

In fact, the number of vehicle operator violations climbed precipitously in states like Colorado, where 174 people were arrested between August 19 and September 6, according to The Denver Post. In the 13 fatalities that occurred in Colorado during the enhanced police patrol watches, six involved alcohol, while one involved drugs.

Nava allegedly struck the bicyclist, Albert Brack, on Sunday. Brack, according to his son Steven, had recently taken up cycling again after a hiatus from the sport, The Tucson Velo reports. Brack was officially pronounced dead on Sunday night, after he had been taken to a nearby hospital with significant injuries.

The hit-and-run reportedly took place on Tucson's east side. The 56-year-old Brack worked at the defense contracting firm Raytheon, his son said.

Nava was booked into the Pima County jail on charges of second-degree murder, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and criminal damage. All of the charges are felonies, according to KOLD. Nava reportedly hit Brack from behind heading eastbound. Brack was allegedly traveling in the bike lane near East Escalante Road and South Calexico Avenue.

Nava is reported to have abandoned his car following the accident, though police tracked him on foot near the scene of the accident. Brack was wearing a helmet and was transported to University Medical Center, where he died later in the evening.

This is not the first hit-and-run accident to occur in the city this year. In March, police responded to such an accident on Campbell south of Irvington, according to a report from KVOA News. During that event, a drag race reportedly resulted in the death of a man who was hit by one of the cars.

The Tucson Police said that the city has witnessed 25 accident-related fatalities thus far this year.