Tucson Police Arrest Driver In “A” Mountain Bicyclist Fatality

The Tucson Police Department is actively investigating a bicycle collision that took the life of 73-year-old Richard E. Ellwanger that occurred Thursday morning in the on the road to A Mountain.

On October 11, 2018, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Tucson Police officers and members of the Tucson Fire Department were dispatched to A-Mountain for a report of a serious injury bicycle collision. Upon arrival, Mr. Ellwanger was found unresponsive near the top of the mountain. Tucson Fire immediately transported the victim to Banner University Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

The vehicle and driver, 20-year-old Yanibra Moreno, were found near the base of the mountain where the vehicle had collided with several large landscaping rocks in the parking lot. During the initial investigation, officers noticed signs and symptoms of impairment from the adult female driver. She was transported to the hospital due to the level of her intoxication and for minor injuries sustained during the collision. Her adult male passenger was not injured.

Moreno was released from the hospital and booked into Pima County Jail on one count of Second Degree Murder (Class 1 Felony), one count of Leaving the Scene of a Collision Causing Serious Injury or Death (Class 2 Felony) and three counts of Endangerment (Class 6 Felony).

Detectives were able to determine that a silver 2002 Lexus GS300 exited the parking lot at the top of the mountain and drove the wrong way down a one-way road. At the same time, the cyclist involved was riding his bicycle up the mountain in the correct direction. On the north side of the mountain, the Lexus struck the cyclist head-on, causing him to be thrown from his bicycle and into a ditch on the side of the roadway. The driver did not stop after the collision and continued down the road in the wrong direction. As the Lexus approached the bottom of the mountain, it struck an adult male and female pedestrian that were walking in the area. The Lexus brushed up against the pedestrians, knocking the female to the ground and causing minor injuries to both. The Lexus then continued down the road and entered the lower parking lot at a high rate of speed, where the vehicle eventually crashed into several large boulders and came to rest. The driver and passenger exited the vehicle and began to walk away, but were stopped by several witnesses who convinced them to wait for the police. The investigation revealed that speed and impairment were both factors in the collision.

Mr. Ellwanger was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

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  1. Unfortunately the rest of us are going to be paying (taxes) to keep this little burrita alive in jail for many years.

  2. A weekday morning with an under-aged drunk driver,
    traveling in the wrong direction.

    What a awful nightmare for the victim and his family
    and friends. Our heartfelt condolences go out to them.

    In this case you hope that the perpetrator is actually
    a citizen as the chance that a Judge might just release
    her to re-offend is not remote. [assuming illegal status]

  3. I was at the BOS meeting when Elias made a motion to allow people ticketed for alcohol to wear an ankle bracelet instead of jail. He wanted to save $$$ at the jail. Jail can be a wonderful thing for many people. A little nudge from the judge never hurt anyone. What a lose of many lives.

  4. Families destroyed – as bad as her actions were – this young woman now has a life – but with a scar on her soul that will take a lifetime with it. Her family devastated – as are those that she harmed and killed – alcohol and it’s effects – I’m sure this is not the first time this young lady had engaged in this type of intoxication – probably a daily ritual – something very wrong with her at the core and soul. May God intercede in all of these families lives, may God intercede in her life, may those demons be removed and peace be granted to her and she come to Christ. May a peace be granted to all of these families – their losses so sad. Christs return is imminent – the losses short term before we are all together again. Maranatha.

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