Tucson Man Arrested in Connection with Fatal Hit-And-Run

A man allegedly struck a woman with his car, killing her. He later fled the scene.Arizona police forces have been busily working to ensure the state continues its trend of a steady decrease in the number of fatalities resulting from vehicle accidents. A number of incidents this week, however, have left many police departments investigating the causal factors at play.

On Tuesday, September 13, reports surfaced that a car had struck a pedestrian in Tucson. Police affirmed they were unable to initially identify the driver, who had reportedly sped away after the incident. However, a spokesperson for the Tucson Police Department confirmed this week they had arrested a man in connection with the series of events.

According to a report from The Associated Press, Tucson police said on Wednesday they had arrested a 71-year-old man on suspicions of leaving the scene of a fatal collision.

The elderly man, Bruce Jackson, was booked into the Pima County Jail, according to the police department.

A representative from the Tucson Police Department confirmed Jackson has been accused of the felony charge.

Reports indicate Jackson hit a 22-year-old girl on Tuesday when she was crossing East 22nd Street at South Columbus Boulevard. The event took place just after 7 p.m., according to reports. The girl, later identified as Ashley Munger, sustained significant injuries as a result of the accident.

The police representative affirmed Munger was taken to Tucson Hospital following the hit-and-run. She was later pronounced dead at the medical facility, succumbing to the injuries inflicted by the car.

Witnesses said Munger was not in the crosswalk when she was hit by the car, though the Tucson police declined to comment on the specifics of the incident. According to The AP, it is unknown whether Jackson has obtained a lawyer.