Pima Deputy Struck At County Fair

last night, Deputy Jesus Vilvaldo was working at the Pima County Fair, conducting traffic control at the main entrance to the fair grounds. At approximately 8:00 p.m., Deputy Vilvaldo was removing cones from the roadway when a vehicle traveling southbound on Houghton Road struck him and continued southbound.

Deputies were able to catch up to the vehicle and stop it. Deputies made contact with the driver and sole occupant, 31-year-old Daniel Doubek. The Traffic Unit responded and took over the investigation.

As a result of the investigation, Mr. Doubek was arrested for driving under the influence, hit and run and aggravated assault charges.

Mr. Doubek was booked into the Pima County Jail. Deputy Vivaldo was transported to Banner University Medical Center for serious but non-life injuries.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Deputy Vivaldo and his speedy recovery.

2 Comments

  1. As someone who knows what it is like to be struck by a hit & run driver; my prayers go out to the deputy Vivaldo. I don’t think most people have a grasp of what, “serious, but not life threatening means”. It’s no walk-in-the-park. On March 19th of 2013 I was sitting at the light at Kolb and Speedway, waiting for the light to change. I was sitting on my Harley. A hit & run driver came from behind and hit my right leg. Wittnesses estimated his speed at 80+ mph. My leg was nearly amputated and the frame on the Harley was broke, after the car crushed my leg. I’ve had 10 surgeries since the accident. They had to remove 4 of my 8 packs of abdominal muscles to put them on my leg for a “flap”. There have been skin grafts, bone grafts, putting hardware in, taking hardware out, putting more hardware back in, etc. I have more metal in me than most cars. These are the sort of things victims with “serious, but not life-threatening” injuries go through. They are life-changing. They never caught the driver that hit me. I have to wonder if the driver who hit me ever wonders if I’m dead or alive or in what condition.

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