[UPDATE: Oct 14, see Investigation, below]
According to item at biketempe.org, and thread at azfixed.com… Bike commuter Jay Fretz was killed in a a collision at the intersection of Alamenda and McClintock Drive in Tempe at approximately 6:30p Monday 5/17/2010. Police say the driver on McClintock ran the red light and hit and killed the bicyclist as he was crossing through the intersection.
The story has not received any media coverage at the time (strange?). abc15 ran a piece 10 days after the crash that said “Investigators said he was hit by a car as he rode through a crosswalk at McClintock and Alameda drives”.
This tragedy comes just one week after an ASU student was killed in another Tempe collision.
The folks from T.B.A.G. have erected a ghost bike to commemorate the spot where Jay was killed.
“But there is more to the story, punctuated with lousy timing and heart-wrenching misfortune…” read more.
On Oct 14, 2010 the Arizona Republic is reporting the outcome of Tempe Police investigation. The short answer is that because there were some conflict in witness statements regarding the color of the signal, police didn’t want to go forward on the red-light running charge, which would have precipitated a 28-672 misdemeanor criminal charge. Presumably she agreed to plea responsible to speeding in exchange for not perusing those charges.
I would like to read the DR because it seems odd that there were only 3 independent witnesses at that busy intersection at rush hour.
This is a bit slow (almost 5 months?!) for this sort of investigation.
Not One More Foundation Announces to all Arizona Cycling Teams, Clubs, Community and Friends a special Fundraising Ride to “Link the Lake” for Jay Fretz. Sat Dec 4th… see more on the arizona brumby’s site.
News story about Fretz and Volpe’s ghost bikes, and City of Tempe’s policy on roadside memorials