Cyclist killed in crash on Ajo Highway; Driver and passenger arrested
The crash occurred at Ajo Highway and Soledad Avenue, which is about a mile east of Kinney Road.
A cyclist was struck and killed by a motorist on Ajo Highway early Saturday morning.
The crash occurred at 1 a.m. Saturday morning near the intersection of Ajo Highway and Soledad Avenue according to Arizona Department of Public Safety public information officer Carriek Cook.
The cyclist, Craig Lewis, 47 was riding westbound when Samatha Baldwin, 23, allegedly crossed into the shoulder, striking and killing Lewis.
Cook said he believed alcohol was involved and a Pima County Attorney arrived at the scene to direct the investigation.
“That’s not uncommon when there are criminal charges if they are available because they can direct us or give us advice on how to do the investigation to their liking because they are the ones that have to try it,” he said.
Pima County Deputy and Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee liaison, Ryan Roher was not on duty when the crash occurred, but communicated with a deputy who was at the scene.
According to Roher, Baldwin and a passenger, Juliana Guzman, 21, fled the scene and were stopped by Pima County deputies several miles from the crash.
Roher said both women were arrested because deputies believed the women traded places in the car after the crash occurred.
Roher said a deputy at the scene could not determine if the cyclist was riding with lights because the bike was completely destroyed.
“The way people described to me, it was pretty awful as far as wrecks go,” he said.
The speed limit along Ajo Highway is 55 miles per hour.
Editor’s note: I am working with DPS to get more details including the police report.