Police ID victim, suspect in deadly Rita Ranch bicycle crash

Police ID victim, suspect in deadly Rita Ranch bicycle crash

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson Police Department has identified the man who was killed when a car hit him while he was riding his bicycle in Rita Ranch on Friday evening.

Scott Koch, 58, died of his injuries after he was taken to Banner University Medical Center.

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TPD and the Tucson Fire Department called to East Valencia Road and South Nexus Drive around 6 p.m. Friday. Witnesses said the driver who hit Koch fled the scene, but they gave descriptions of the driver, the vehicle, and the crash.

Traffic detectives determined that Koch was on the northeast corner of Valencia and Nexus, waiting to cross southbound at the crosswalk when the driver, identified as Eric Joseph Corral, 44, was traveling westbound in a silver 2011 Dodge Avenger on Valencia. As the light turned red for westbound travel, Corral did not stop but instead ran into Koch who had just entered the crosswalk, according to the release.

An off-duty officer on his way home heard a description of the fleeing driver go over the radio and saw the Dodge Avenger on the roadway, so TPD was able to send marked vehicles to stop the driver, who refused to pull over, according to a TPD media release.

When Corral did finally stop near East Golf Links and South Swan roads, officers noticed signs of impairment, according to the media release.

Corral was booked into the Pima County Jail on charges of second degree murder, fail to stop for serious injury collision and felony fleeing.

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