TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A pedestrian has died after being struck by a vehicle on the south side last week.
On March 5, just before 9 p.m., officers from Operations Division South were dispatched to the area of West Valencia Road and South Commerce Court for a report of a collision involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive man identified as 43-year-old Santos Fidel Thomas in the roadway and immediately began rendering aid to him. Personnel from the Tucson Fire Department responded and transported Thomas to Banner University Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Thomas later died at the hospital. Next of kin has been notified.
Interviews conducted by officers and detectives determined that Thomas was attempting to cross Valencia Road when he was struck by a black 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe that was traveling east. The driver of the Tahoe stopped after the collision and cooperated with the investigation. A DUI officer determined that the driver of the Tahoe was not impaired at the time of the collision. Detectives noted that Thomas was not in a crosswalk and was wearing non-reflective dark clothing.
The investigation remains ongoing, and no citations or charges have been issued at this time. Detectives believe the midblock crossing by the pedestrian appears to be a contributing factor.