Driver in fatal hit and run arrested for second degree murder

8/12/2016 Victim Scott Koch, 58

Driver Eric Joseph Corral, alleged red light running, DUI, and hit-and-run. Driver arrested on suspicion of 2nd degree murder.

Victim was crossing the road in a crosswalk with a green/walk signal when struck by a red-light-runner. Valencia and Nexus, Tucson.

A driver in a fatal hit and run crash with a bicyclist has been arrested on second degree murder charges. Eric Joseph Corral, 44, was arrested for allegedly striking and killing Scott Koch, 58 in Rita Ranch. According to Tucson Police Department Corral fled the scene… See more at bicycletucson.com

Some more/other details at tucsonnewsnow.com

Here’s a more detailed description of the driver and cyclist’s locations leading up to the crash:

Traffic detectives determined that Koch was on the northeast corner of Valencia and Nexus, waiting to cross southbound at the crosswalk when the driver, identified as Eric Joseph Corral, 44, was traveling westbound in a silver 2011 Dodge Avenger on Valencia. As the light turned red for westbound travel, Corral did not stop but instead ran into Koch who had just entered the crosswalk, according to the release. — tucsonnewsnow.com

Criminal Case

Tucson man convicted in DUI car crash that killed bicyclist
7:36 AM, Oct 31, 2018
TUCSON, Ariz. – A man has been convicted of killing a bicyclist while driving under the influence of alcohol in Tucson more than two years ago.
Pima County prosecutors say 47-year-old Eric Corral was convicted of negligent homicide, DUI and leaving the scene after causing an accident resulting in death.
Authorities say Corral ran a red light in August 2016 and fatally struck bicyclist Scott Koch, who had entered a crosswalk and with a walk signal showing… Prosecutors say Corral’s blood-alcohol level was 0.313 percent almost two hours after the fatal collision.

The news blurb has no details, but they normally get charged with 2nd Degree murder; and the jury settles on manslaughter.  It’s a bad sign  that he only got convicted of neg hom (manslaughter and neg hom being “lesser included charges”). Judges can dole out horrendously light sentences for neg hom. The leaving-the-scene is required to be additive to any incarceration time so judges typically just suspend that sentence.

All that and the defendant was said to be “super” extreme DUI. (“Prosecutors say Corral’s blood-alcohol level was 0.313 percent almost two hours after the fatal collision”).

Sentencing

Currently scheduled for Nov 28, 2018, 10AM before Judge John Hindraker.

Check at: Pima County Superior Court Online Calendar; case is CR20163731

Crash Reporting

The database crash, both fars and asdm, don’t jive with the detailed news reports, which speak of a bicyclist entering a crosswalk from the NE corner of the intersection and was struck by a westbound driver running a red light.
This would indicate some sort of right-angle crash, not “overtaking”

FARS data says : cyclist in Bike Lane,  Motorist Overtaking Bicyclist — which doesn’t sound correct at all. It should have been a motorist FTY/signalized.
It does list junction relation as Intersection-Related which is consistent with a crosswalk location.

ASDM says: both units westbound. The news report says the bicyclist was southbound.

FARS case is 40501; ASDM incident 3121817.
Links can be found in the fatal grid.

Other Court

 

Case Number Name Party Type Birth Date Address Court
J-1202-TR-20010458 ERIC G CORRAL DEFENDANT 01/1979 TUCSON, AZ 85713 East Santa Cruz Justice
M-1041-TR-99213302 ERIC G CORRAL DEFENDANT 01/1979 TUCSON, AZ 85713 Tucson Municipal Court
M-1041-CR-99260453 ERIC G CORRAL DEFENDANT 01/1979 TUCSON, AZ 85713 Tucson Municipal Court
M-1041-TR-7069062 ERIC G CORRAL DEFENDANT 01/1979 TUCSON, AZ 85713 Tucson Municipal Court
M-1041-TR-7107368 ERIC G CORRAL DEFENDANT 01/1979 TUCSON, AZ 85713 Tucson Municipal Court

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  1. The aerial shows no sidewalk on the north side of Velencia Road. The cyclist must have been on the paved shoulder that looks like a bike lane or riding on the dirt shoulder prior to crossing the street.

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