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Police: Pedestrian dies following crash on Valencia Road

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Posted at 10:18 PM, Mar 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-07 20:26:34-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Tucson Police are investigating a crash involving a pedestrian at Valencia Road and Commerce Court Friday evening.

Officers responded to the area of W. Valencia Rd. and S. Commerce Court around 9 p.m. for a report of a crash involving a pedestrian, according to TPD. Upon arrival, officers found a man unresponsive in the roadway, where they began rendering aid until Tucson Fire personnel arrived.

Police say the pedestrian was taken to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, where he was pronounced dead.

The pedestrian has been identified as 43-year-old Santos Fidel Thomas. Next of kin has been notified.

Detectives responded to continue the investigation, it was learned that the male pedestrian was attempting to cross Valencia when he was hit by a black 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe that was traveling eastbound, according to TPD.

The driver of the Tahoe stopped and cooperated with the investigation, TPD says. A DUI officer responded to continue the investigation and determined the driver was not impaired at the time of the crash.

Detectives took note that Thomas was not in a crosswalk and was wearing non-reflective dark clothing, according to TPD. Detectives believe that midblock crossing by Thomas is also a contributing factor.

The investigation remains ongoing.