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Pedestrian struck on Alvernon near Speedway succumbs to injuries

Posted at 9:09 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 14:52:15-04
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson police have identified a pedestrian who was killed in a collision on September 21. 
 
Police say shortly before 8 p.m. officers and members from the Tucson Fire Department responded to a report of a serious injury collision involving a pedestrian and vehicle at North Alvernon Way and East Bellevue Street. 
 
As officers arrived, they located 72-year-old Donald Rieffel, with obvious signs of trauma. Paramedics transported Rieffel to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. 
 
The adult male driver of the vehicle was not injured during the incident.
 
Detectives were able to determine that the driver of a black 2009 Mercedes was southbound in the curb lane on Alvernon Way approaching Bellevue Street when he struck Rieffel, who was running westbound on Bellevue across Alvernon Way in an unmarked crosswalk. 
 
Police say speed does not appear to be a factor in the collision and the driver of the Mercedes showed no signs of impairment. No citations have been issued by police at this time. 
 
On October 1, Rieffel succumbed to injuries sustained in the collision and was pronounced dead at the hospital.