Phoenix police seek ID of bicyclist killed in hit-and-run

A cyclist was killed in Phoenix Friday night; this area is west of the airport and just north of I-17. The victim was later identified: “Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said 70-year-old Lorenzo Nevares was riding on 7th Avenue just north of Interstate 17 when he was struck around 8:30 p.m” [abc15]

The approx location: On 7th Avenue near Mojave Street, just north of I-17.

2010 Detailed Arizona Cyclist Fatality Grid.

Criminal Case

That two men were arrested on suspicion of aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of a fatality indicates, I guess, that police believe one of them was the driver that struck and killed the cyclist. Not many other details…

Case Lookup; Nicanor Fuentes-Adame, Case Number: S-0700-CR-2010115214. Defendant plead not guilty to all charges 04/07/2010: Manslaughter, Extreme DUI, hit-and-run w/death.

The other guy mentioned below, Victor Popoca, Case number:  S-0700-CR-2010115215 did a plea deal on an aggravated DUI. Which also violated his parole from a previous incident. And he’s had other troubles including speeding+driving with alcohol underage. I’m not sure how or if any of this involves the death of Lorenzo Nevares.

Media Reports on the Incident


Man on bicycle killed in hit-and-run accident [link]

by Ofelia Madrid – Mar. 20, 2010 08:12 PM, The Arizona Republic

Phoenix police are asking for help in identifying a man riding a bicycle who was killed by a hit-and-run driver Friday night near 7th Avenue and Mohave Street.

The man is described as Hispanic, in his 50s, with short black hair, about 5-feet 11-inches tall, 160 pounds, wearing a red and orange shirt, blue work pants and black shoes, police said.

The man was riding a green mountain bike with a basket on the handlebars. The victim had just picked up fast food, and investigators believe he may have been heading home somewhere in the area, said Sgt. Trent Crump, a police spokesman.

Officers arrested Nicanor Fuentes-Adame, 21, and Victor Popoca, 22. Both men were arrested on suspicion of aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of a fatal collision. Detectives impounded a silver Saturn sedan, Crump said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Phoenix police at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-948-6377

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