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.
Two bicyclists riding in a large group were killed and two others injured — one critically — in a crash Thursday when they were struck by a work truck on the northwest side, sheriff’s authorities said.
The bicyclists were members of Santa Fe Seniors on Bikes from New Mexico, said David Gunter, a Santa Fe cyclist, in an interview Thursday night.
The 10 bicyclists were southbound on North La Cañada Drive and had stopped for a red light at West Hardy/Overton Road, said Deputy Ryan Inglett, a sheriff’s spokesman.
A pickup truck that was also southbound struck at least four of the cyclists at about 12:30 p.m., Inglett said.
…All the bicyclists were in the bike lane when they were struck, he said.
The driver of the truck, who worked for a roofing company, was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving. He is in custody and was being questioned Thursday afternoon.
The bozos at Tuscon New Now actually refers to this as an ‘accident’ TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) – where their headline reads “Driver, victims identified in deadly accident involving bicyclists”. Get a clue tuscon news now! #crashnotaccident
ADOT incident 3091164. Body-count listed as 2 dead as well as 1 incap-injury and 2 non-incap injuries. Driver noted as being positive for amphetamines.
June 2016 Judge denies bond reduction for man charged with killing cyclists “Lawyers for the crash victims however said Lynch would be a flight risk, arguing that Lynch would not be properly supervised while living in Yavapai County… Lynch is currently in the Pima County Jail on a $1.5 million bond”
Oct 2016: Some new troubles for the driver:
Man indicted for killing cyclists found with drugs in cell
TUCSON – A man accused of being impaired when he killed two bicyclists was caught with drugs in his jail cell, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department….On Oct. 29, corrections officers found cocaine in his jail cell, according to Pima County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Cody Gress. He is facing new charges of Promoting Prison Contraband and Possession of a Narcotic, which are felonies….
Plea deal announced 7/27/2017:
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – A man accused of killing two bicyclists in a 2016 incident took a plea deal in Pima County Superior Court Thursday… Lynch pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of endangerment. Lynch will be sentenced Aug. 25.
No mention of the drug charges back from late last year while Lynch was incarcerated; however in the plea deal, it says “CR-20165000-001 will be dismissed as part of this plea agreement” which might explain that.
Here is an image of the actual plea deal paperwork. Another strange thing is all but one of the charges are listed as dangerous felonies (as well they should be) but one of the agg assaults is not… that one charge is probation eligible, but none of the others are (because they require incarceration). In the terms all incarceration terms are to be concurrent; but any probation is consecutive.
Sentencing: KGUN reports sentence is 10.5 years prison, followed by 5 years probation.
The 10.5 is the presumptive for a dangerous F2 (class 2 felony, the manslaughter); as mentioned above in the plea deal, all incarceration is concurrent, so the lesser charges don’t add to incarceration time.