TUCSON, Ariz. - Update 10:35 p.m.: "Nobody wants the call that their loved one died, trying to do what they loved," Lisa Moch, a Bike Brand ambassador, said. "The fear is real. As I stand out here talking to you, how close the cars come to us even standing here. There's no lane. Cars drive at a pace that's just scary."
Tuscon police say today's bicycle death marks the third this year. Although impaired driving was involved in today's case, Moch says it doesn't take away from the fact that traveling up and down mountains is dangerous - for both cyclists and drivers.
"I have avoided riding this, even though I have numerous friends who ride this weekly, daily. It frightens me, so I have never attempted it," said Moch.
And "A" Mountain is no stranger to close calls and tragedies for cyclists.
"Recently in the news was another person who was hit here, the person is a very good friend of mine. Thankfully his injuries - were substantial - but he did not die. He was hit and the person left," said Moch."
Ward 3 council member Regina Romero feared a death would happen on "A" Mountain. "My office requested that the city manager to look into fixing the dangerous road issues on "A" Mountain... this is unacceptable and should not happen again."
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Original Story: A bicyclist is dead after he was hit by a car on "A" Mountain Thursday morning.
Tucson Police say a 20-year-old woman hit a 73-year-old man riding the bike while driving the wrong way down the mountain and didn't stop. She hit two more pedestrians on the way down the mountain, who suffered minor injuries, and still didn't stop, police say.
When she finally made it to the parking lot, police say she lost control of her car and crashed into a boulder.
She was hospitalized with minor injuries, but the bicyclist suffered life-threatening injuries. He was rushed to Banner University Hospital where he died Thursday afternoon.
Police say there were signs that the driver of the vehicle was impaired. Police intend to book her in jail on second-degree murder charges, pending release from the hospital.
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Sentinel Peak Rd to “A-Mountain” is completely shut down while @Tucson_Police Detectives investigate a serious injury collision involving a vehicle and bicyclist. The area will be closed for the next 3-4 hours. pic.twitter.com/E99wehbUWV