Mount Lemon bicyclist dies

On Saturday, June 29, 2013, at about 10:00 a.m., Pima County deputies responded to General Hitchcock Highway at mile post 17 reference a report of a bicyclist accident. When deputies arrived, they found a 55-year-old male bicyclist off the roadway who was later pronounced deceased on scene.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Traffic Unit were called to the scene on Mount Lemon and determined that the bicyclist was traveling southbound on General Hitchcock Highway at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate the curve in the road. Evidence indicated that he left the roadway and struck the side of a hill causing the fatal injury. The bicyclist was wearing a helmet and it appeared that all the equipment on his bike was functioning at the time of the incident.

The investigation by the Sheriff’s Department continues.

7 Comments

  1. It is appalling to read some of the responses to this tragedy. It makes me very sad for the bicycling community of Tucson that attitudes like this are apparently very prevalent.

  2. Condolences to this man’s family.
    Every thing we do involves making judgments about risk/reward. We can’t ban everything risky or they’d have to eliminate eating and put us in self-protective cacoons.

  3. Good reason to to BAND bicyclists from the Mt. Lemmon Highway in name of their own safety.

    • While your at it ban cars and motorcycles because there have been more deaths in cars and on motorcycles then bicycles.

    • While your at it ban cars and motorcycles because there have been more deaths in cars and on motorcycles then bicycles.

      I’ll add that it’s a very unfortunate accident and I sorry to hear of the death. Certainly not why anyone wants to hear.

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