TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson police are reporting that 25-year-old Randy Zimmerman was killed in a crash involving two motorcycles and a small SUV on Thursday, Feb. 1 near the intersection of North Stone Avenue and East Blacklidge Drive.
According to a TPD news release when officers arrived at the scene they found two motorcyclists in the roadway, one was transported to Banner-UMC with serious injuries, while Zimmerman was declared dead at the scene.
Detectives with the TPD Traffic Investigations Unit arrived and learned that the two motorcycles, a 2006 Kawasaki Sport and a 2013 Harley Davidson had been waiting northbound at the light on Stone Avenue and Glenn. When the light changed to green they took off quickly. At the same time a 1998 Jeep Cherokee had been traveling westbound on East Blacklidge Drive, approaching the intersection at North Stone Avenue. The driver of the Jeep stopped at a stop sign and then proceeded westbound across Stone Avenue.
It was at this point that the Kawasaki collided with the side of the Jeep. The second motorcyclist was a short distance behind, and seeing the crash, purposely laid his motorcycle down to avoid it and slid across the road, according to the TPD release.
The driver of the Jeep remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.
According to TPD speed appears to be a factor on the part of the motorcycle riders. No citations or arrests have been made at this time, the investigation is still ongoing.
Stone Avenue was closed from Fort Lowell to Glenn Street for several hours after the crash. The name of the second motorcyclist has not been released.