Alcohol factor in pedestrian fatality at Speedway and Richey

At approximately 2:59 p.m. on October 19, 2013, Tucson Police officers responded to the area of East Speedway and North Richey in order to investigate a reported motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. Upon their arrival, the officers found 28-year-old Matthew Bono in the roadway. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries while at the scene of the collision and was pronounced deceased.

Detectives learned that Mr. Bono was crossing East Speedway in a marked crosswalk at the intersection with North Richey. He was walking southbound. A 1977 half ton pickup truck was traveling eastbound on East Speedway in the middle traffic lane. The truck struck Mr. Bono as he was crossing the roadway. Initially, the truck did not stop after striking Mr. Bono. However, witnesses to the collision followed the truck and were ultimately able to get the attention of the driver, who circled the block and returned to the scene of the collision.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Mr. Bono was identified as Edward George, 74-years-old. There were indications that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. For that reason, he was arrested and charged with 1 count of Second Degree Murder, a felony offense. Mr. George was transported and booked into the Pima County Jail.