Woman killed in fatal east side crash identified

Woman killed in fatal east side crash identified
Rio "Amber Rose" Blackwell. (Source: Family)
Rio "Amber Rose" Blackwell. (Source: Family)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The woman who was hit and killed while sitting on a concrete bus bench on Monday has been identified as 22-year-old Rio "Amber Rose" Blackwell.

Tucson police have charged the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Colin Patterson, in the fatal crash.

According to a recent release from TPD PIO Sgt. Kim Bay, Patterson has been booked into the Pima County Jail on the following charges:

  • Manslaughter – Class 2 Felony
  • Endangerment – Class 6 Felony
  • Hit and Run Involving a Death – Class 5 Felony
  • Criminal Damage – Class 5 Felony
  • Possession of Marijuana – Class 6 Felony
  • Possession of Paraphernalia – Class 6 Felony

Patterson had been traveling eastbound on Pima Street heading toward North Wilmot Road when, according to TPD, he attempted to make an abrupt left turn toward an apartment complex on the north side of the road. However he lost control of the car, hit a raised median and crossed the westbound lanes of Pima before hitting a female, later identified as Blackwell, who was sitting on a concrete bus bench.

Blackwell was pronounced dead at the scene. The family has set up a GoFundMe account, donations can be made HERE.

Officials with TPD are saying alcohol and drugs were a factor in the crash.

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