TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - One man is dead and another is facing charges after a pedestrian was hit in Tucson late Sunday, March 14.
The Tucson Police Department said Tyler Lindsey Tolleson, 31, was hit and killed at the intersection of Stone Avenue and Glenn Street.
The TPD said Joseph Howard Jackson, 25, hit Tolleson and fled the scene on foot.
An investigation revealed Tolleson was not in a crosswalk when he was hit, but Jackson appeared to be impaired and speeding.
An interim complaint says the vehicle Jackson was driving was a rental, which was allegedly abandoned after the crash. Witnesses helped police and described Jackson to them. Jackson was accused of speeding, but witnesses said he was going 55 to 60 mph in a 35 mph zone. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department helicopter spotted the suspect jumping fences near the scene. Jackson allegedly tried to hide from officers and ignored their commands. Jackson was ultimately bitten by a K-9 officer during his arrest. One of the officers said he smelled burnt marijuana in the rental vehicle and on Jackson himself. He also said Jackson’s eyes were bloodshot and fluttering.
Jackson is facing charges of second-degree murder and failure to stop at a fatal collision. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.