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20-year-old dies after being hit by vehicle on Valencia, TPD investigating

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Posted at 9:23 AM, Jan 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-09 19:19:18-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — One pedestrian has died after being hit by a vehicle in Tucson Saturday morning, police say.

Officers responded to the 600 block of W Valencia Road, near 12th Avenue at around 8 a.m. for a report of a crash involving a pedestrian, according to Tucson Police. Upon arrival, the pedestrian had been taken to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the pedestrian died from his injuries. Police identified the pedestrian as 20-year-old Thomas James West. Next of kin has been notified.

Through further investigation, detectives determined that West was trying to cross Valencia Road from south to north when he was hit by a red 1995 Ford F150 that was traveling westbound in the curb lane. According to the department, detectives noted that West was not in a crosswalk at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Ford did stay at the scene. Police say the driver was not impaired during the crash.

According to TPD, mid-block crossing was a major contributing factor in the crash.

No citations or charges have been issued.

The investigation is ongoing.