TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Two pedestrians in separate incidents were struck by vehicles across Tucson this morning.
Officers responded to a male pedestrian in his 30s who was conscious and alert after being struck around 4:45 a.m. at the intersection of East Poorman Road and South Houghton Ave. on Oct. 31.
The vehicle remained on scene and the man was transported to the hospital, where he is being treated in the ICU with serious life-threatening injuries.
62-year-old Daniel A. Lopez passed away on Thursday morning after being struck by a vehicle on East Irvington and South Greenway Dr. according to authorities.
On Oct. 31, just after 7 a.m., officers from Operations Division South were dispatched to the intersection in reference to the report of a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian.
Upon arrival, Tucson Fire Medics were rendering aid to Lopez and transported him to Banner University Medical Center.
Lopez sustained life-threatening injuries and was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.
Traffic Detectives were contacted and responded to continue the investigation.
According to interviews conducted by officers and detectives, a blue 1997 Chevrolet pickup was traveling eastbound on Irvington Road. The pickup was approaching Greenway Drive. At that time, Lopez was crossing Irvington Road, from south to north. There is no painted crosswalk where Lopez was crossing at that intersection. The pickup was merging into the eastbound lanes of Irvington Road from the universal left turn lane when it struck the pedestrian. The driver of the pickup stopped immediately and remained on scene. A DUI officer responded and determined that the driver of the truck was not impaired at the time of the collision.
Interviews in conjunction with roadway evidence indicate that speed does appear to be a factor in this collision.
The investigation is on-going and no charges or citations have been issued at this time.