Tag Archives: 2016 cyclist fatality

Bicyclist killed in Gilbert hit-and-run

(Source: KPHO/KTVK)
(Source: KPHO/KTVK)

June 7, 2016 ~ 5:30A 73 y.o. bicyclist Calvin Ray Sapp was killed after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in a bike lane —  southbound on Higley Road midway between Ocotillo and Chandler Heights roads. A vehicle matching the description was found a short time later and a suspect was arrested. A later news story that evening said that the suspect “…told police he fell asleep and didn’t know what he hit. Officers said the bike and victim were dragged about 80 yards”. And carried some more-graphic pictures of the smashed in windshield. They also identified the Phoenix Police officer credited with finding the suspect vehicle.

Note that fleeing the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash is in-and-of itself a serious criminal felony (class 2). Continue reading Bicyclist killed in Gilbert hit-and-run

Bicyclist dies in Sun Lakes crash; driver ‘drifted’

Fatal Collision (photo: Sky12)
Fatal Sun Lakes Collision (photo: Sky12)

4/14/2016 Bicyclist Donald Neu was killed riding westbound Riggs Road near Arizona Ave when he was struck by a driver who “drifted” into the rather wide, designated BL.

Note that, according to that description of events, the driver has “failed to keep proper lane” (§28-729) and should be charged with 28-672, a criminal misdemeanor — assuming other more-serious charges are ruled out. Are police (in this case, MSCO) aware of this? In this triple serious injury, they were.

28-735 is all well-and-good, and as far as I know can be “stacked” on 28-672, but it (28-735) is nothing more than a fine.

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h/r Alert: dark GMC Sierra pickup truck w/large chrome wheels


Police are seeking the driver of a dark-colored GMC Sierra pickup truck w/large chrome wheels that was involved with a fatal hit and run collision 27th Ave near Bethany Home Road, Phoenix. Bicyclist  Darryl Fitzgerald Summers was killed in the crash.

51-year-old Darryl Summers dies after hit-and-run crash; police looking for dark truck: Police say Summers was following all safety protocol including wearing a helmet and reflective vest, having bike lights and reflectors, and riding with traffic. Still, he suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital where he later died.

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Gilbert hit and run; bicyclist dead

photo: Gilbert Police
suspect photo: Gilbert Police

3/21/2016 ~ 8pm Bicyclist struck going northbound in the intersection of Queen Creek Road and Ranch House Parkway, Gilbert, AZ

The bicyclist was identified as 28 year-old  Erik Alsaker.

The driver fled the scene. Police are looking for a dark colored, small SUV or sedan w/ heavy front-end passenger side damage.

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Multiple Pima Co fatality; Driver arrested

photo: Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Thursday 3/3/2016 mid-day. A Driver crashed into  a “large group” (the news report said ~ 15) of cyclists who were stopped at a traffic signal, and standing in a BL, nonetheless. At the time of this writing two are dead, and several more injured. The driver was arrested on DUI charges and was taken into custody. North La Cañada Drive and West Overton/Hardy Road, which is in Pima County, and is being investigated by the Pima County Sheriff’s Office.

bicycletucson.com has updated information; the identity of the suspect and the two fatality victims has been released:

(suspect) Brian Lynch, 28, struck five members of the group. Clare Rhodes, 72, died at the scene and Kenneth Vieira, 68, died at the hospital. The other cyclists were transported to the hospital where one cyclist remains in critical condition.


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Police: Bicyclist hit/killed crossing road in East Mesa

incident occurred 1/27/2016 ~ 11am. Victim was “crossing” mid-block according to police. Eastern part of city of Mesa; University Drive, between Higley and Greenfield roads.

University Drive, the road the cyclist was attempting to “cross” is a typical high-speed 5 lane arterial.

It’s never completely clear from the descriptions what crossing mid-block means exactly — it should mean away from not only intersections (which was implied by article “There were no crosswalks located in the area”), but also that there the cyclist was not emerging, or entering a driveway (or attempting to).

Bicyclists should be acting as the driver of a vehicle, and therefore should never be “crossing” a road; though of course many do. Continue reading Police: Bicyclist hit/killed crossing road in East Mesa

Bicyclist killed in crash on Tucson’s northside

super high speed merge ramp / Pima County

Read the deets on bicycletucson.com

1/24/2016 11:45am Tucson-area (Pima County Sheriff’s dept investigates).

A (somewhat elderly, coincidentally) female bicyclist traveling west on Sunrise Drive was killed by a very elderly motorist who was merging from Skyline Drive and apparently failed to yield. The bicyclists was later identified as 69 y.o. Patricia Lyon-Surrey. Continue reading Bicyclist killed in crash on Tucson’s northside