Tucson hit-and-run driver kills cyclist; woman arrested

[Update 4/8/2016: the update is there is absolutely no update on the suspect; it’s been over a year and half. Besides the hit and run, FARS has her at .12 BAC]

9/25/2014 12:23am. Hit run. Driver arrested, suspect intoxication. Suspect Nichole Jacinto. Victim 58 y.o. James Frankiewicz. Another news reports says was struck from behind in bike lane. The area appears to have a striped shoulder; it even goes on to be to the right of a RTO lane at Grant.

Location: southbound on Oracle Rd near Jacinto St. (yes, that is a coincidence; the suspect’s name is also Jacinto).

The most-detailed reporting is at bicycletucson.com

kvoa has some quotes from the citizen who witnessed the crash and followed the driver who was responsible.

Tucson hit-and-run kills cyclist; woman arrested
Associated Press September 25, 2014

TUCSON — Tucson police have arrested a woman in the hit-and-run accident death of a 58-year-old bicyclist who was struck from behind while riding in a bike lane.

Police say officers arrested 23-year-old Nichole Jacinto after locating the suspect vehicle in her apartment complex while investigating the accident that occurred early Thursday morning.

According to police, a witness reported seeing the accident. The witness followed the suspect vehicle as it left the scene and provided police with a description and information on the vehicle’s whereabouts.

Police say Jacinto was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and leaving the scene of a fatal collision, and police say she showed signs of intoxication. It’s not immediately known whether she has an attorney.

Crash Reports

This is FARS st_case=40467, and  Arizona incident=2882281. These links only work for me, sorry.

FARS indicates evidential blood test, ALC_RES of .12 BAC.

The motorist was faulted for FAILED_TO_KEEP_IN_PROPER_LANE, the bicyclist was not faulted. The motorist struck the bicyclist in a dedicated BL, both units southbound on Oracle Road.

Criminal Case

No sign (as in internet searches), as of April 2016, of any criminal charges ever being brought in connection of this incident, either for the hit and run, the DUI, or the manslaughter.