Jaywalking Considered “Major Contributing Factor” In Death Of Tucson Pedestrian


Jaywalking and impairment may have been a factor in the death of a Tucson pedestrian.

According to the Tucson Police Department, on January 22nd, 2023, shortly before 11:45 p.m., officers along with personnel from the Tucson Fire Department (TFD), responded to the intersection of N. Craycroft Rd. and E. Fairmount St. for a report of a collision involving a white 2018 Nissan Altima and a 24-year-old adult male pedestrian. TFD transported the pedestrian to St. Joseph’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers and detectives, after conducting interviews and viewing roadway evidence, determined that the pedestrian was attempting to cross N. Craycroft Rd. in an unknown direction. During this time, the Nissan was traveling southbound on N. Craycroft Rd. in the median lane and struck the pedestrian. The adult male driver of the Nissan immediately stopped after the collision and cooperated with the investigation.

An officer from the Impaired Driver Enforcement Unit responded and determined that the driver was not impaired at the time of the collision.

Several hours after arriving at the hospital, the pedestrian succumbed to his injuries.

Jaywalking by the pedestrian is the major contributing factor of the collision. Narcotic paraphernalia and alcohol were found in the area where the pedestrian was struck; however, further investigation is necessary to determine if impairment was a factor for the pedestrian.

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