Multiple Pima Co fatality; Driver arrested

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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.

 

 

2 bicyclists killed, 2 injured on Tucson’s NW side

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

Crash Report

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.

Criminal Case

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.

 

2 thoughts on “Multiple Pima Co fatality; Driver arrested”

  1. Somehow we need to make sure vehicle operators are clean and sober and able to operate the vehicle safely. Bicyclists are common in all of the Tucson area. My husband was a bicycle fatality February 2017. Awareness for both motorists and cyclists is of the upmost importance and how can we be more safety mindfull.

  2. Friends,

    Please pass this along to the Bicycle Community.

    Brian Lynch, the driver that killed two, injured 3, and did it on meth and marijuana while working for Scott Roofing, has taken a plea agreement. That means there will be no trial and he has waived his rights to an appeal.

    (…) He is facing a sentence of a minimum of 7 years and maximum of 21 years plus a $150,000 fine. The presumptive sentence is 10 1/2 years. What this means is the prosecution has the ability to file what is called an aggravating sentencing document stating why the Judge should go higher than the 10 1/2 years (up to 21 years) and the defense attorney has the ability to file a mitigating motion stating why the judge should sentence at less than the 10 1/2 years (down to 7).

    Judge Marner will be the final decision maker on how much time in prison that Mr. Lynch will serve. The sentencing will be on Friday August 25, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. at the Superior Court downtown Tucson at 110 West Congress Street, room 486 which is on the 4th floor. The stairwell does not go up that high so you must take the elevator.

    I was excited to see such a good turnout last time. Please, this is very important that we have some jerseys in the public are. I want Judge Marner to see that the bicycle community cares about his decision.

    Eric Post, Esq.
    Law Office of Eric Post, P.L.L.C.
    651 North Swan Road
    Tucson, AZ 85711
    Ofc: (520) 207-9601
    FAX: (520) 207-8244
    http://www.ericpostlaw.com

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