Tucson Bicyclist dies after last week’s intersection crash

Victim: Roger Haar

Witnesses say a female driver ran a red light and collided with Haar July 11, 2016 at Fort Lowell Road and Mountain Avenue, Tucson. The bicyclist was seriously injured, and died about a week later.

A July 19th AP story was somewhat more detailed with crash specifics “Tucson police say in a news release that the 65-year-old had been headed south on his bike along a road when he stopped for a red light. After the light turned green, police say he entered the intersection and was struck by a westbound sedan that ran a red light.”

A red light violation would make the driver eligible for a  28-672 charge.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) –
A man was seriously injured when he was struck by a car while riding a bicycle on Monday, July 11… The man was taken to a hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries… There are no signs that impairment or speed was a factor, Bay said… Witnesses said the driver ran a red light and hit the bicyclist in the intersection…

Crash Report

ASDM: S/B bicyclist struck and killed by E/B motorist at signalized intersection. Driver violation is UNKNOWN (? news story said driver ran red).

FARS: Crash type is consistent with news story —  Motorist Drive Through – Signalized Intersection.
Fars indicates BikeDir as Facing Traffic w/bicyclist in a bike lane. That seems odd, and there’s nothing mentioned in the news story about facing the wrong way; there was an error in last year’s FARS stating a bicyclist was wrong way that was definitely in error. I suppose the only way to know for sure would be to get the original police report, and it wouldn’t make any difference in determining crash type since driver ran red.

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