Tucson Pedestrian Killed In Valencia Collision

The Impact was west of the intersection (left) between Santa Clara and I-19 in the westbound lane.

On April 14, 2018, just after 3:00 a.m., Tucson Police officers and members from the Tucson Fire Department responded to a report of a serious injury collision involving a pedestrian on W. Valencia Rd., west of S. Santa Clara Ave. Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive adult male in the roadway and a female performing CPR on him. Officers took over CPR until paramedics arrived on scene.

The Tucson Fire Department arrived on scene and continued treatment of the male. He was transported to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Shortly after arrival at the hospital, the male succumbed to injuries and was pronounced deceased. He has been identified as 25-year-old Moises Virgen. Next of kin have been notified.

Detectives from the Tucson Police Department Traffic Investigations Unit responded to the scene to further the investigation. They learned Mr. Virgen was crossing W. Valencia Rd. northbound, just west of S. Santa Clara Rd. wearing dark clothing. He was not in a crosswalk. The driver of a blue 2012 Chevy Silverado truck was westbound on Valencia Rd. in the median lane and did not see Mr. Virgen before striking him.

The driver remained on scene and called 911. Neither speed nor impairment appears to be a factor in this collision related to the driver of the Chevy. The investigation is ongoing and no citations or arrests have been made at this time.

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  1. this pedestrian – not unlike many – cross thinking, or maybe not – I witnessed a near same situation on Speedway and Beverly – while in the left turn lane. The backpack wearing pedestrian was in a crosswalk, lighting was ‘dismal’ he was wearing very dark close – walking into and in front of traffic, “oh I’m in a crosswalk so you all must stop for me” but they could not see him – he was hard for me to see and I was stopped there watching this happen, two other cars went by in front of him, one behind him as he continued forward.. he was screaming at them flipping them the middle finger salute – I would consider the man border line suicidal. Cross walks are not force fields – if you are dressed in black crossing in low light the drivers are not going to see you.

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