On Monday July 11, 2016, just after 7:00 a.m., Tucson Police officers and the Tucson Fire Department responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a bicyclist near E. Ft. Lowell Rd. and N. Mountain Ave. Upon arrival, they located an adult male bicyclist with obvious signs of trauma. The male was immediately transported to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The adult female driver of the vehicle was not injured.
Detectives from the Tucson Police Department Traffic Investigations Unit responded to the scene to continue the investigation. They collected evidence and interviewed multiple witnesses. They were able to determine the bicyclist was southbound on Mountain Ave. and stopped on the northwest quad for a red light at E. Ft. Lowell Rd. The light for north/south traffic turned green and the bicyclist began to travel southbound on Mountain Ave. The driver of a silver 1997 Honda Accord was westbound in the median lane on Ft. Lowell Rd. and ran the red light, striking the bicyclist. The bicyclist was wearing a helmet and a reflective vest at the time of the collision. The driver remained on scene. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in this collision. No arrest or citation has been issued at this time as the investigation is ongoing.
On July 18, 2016 the detectives were notified the bicyclist succumbed to injuries sustained in the collision and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. He has been identified as 65-year-old Roger Haar. Next of kin have been notified.
Traffic fatalities year-to-date in the City of Tucson has the total ahead of 2015 by 5 at 32 Pedestrian is even at 7 , bicycle plus 3 at 3 and motorcycle deaths are doubled at 8.