A cyclist has died following a crash with an on-duty Tucson Police Department officer Saturday night.
The crash occurred at about 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 on First Avenue near Navajo Road according to a TPD post on Facebook.
According to TPD, officer Alon Hackett was driving an unmarked car to perform surveillance. He was driving north on First Avenue when the crash occurred.
TPD’s release said the cyclist, Francisco Galvez, 49 was riding east across First Avenue near Navajo Road when he was struck by Hackett. The release indicates Hackett was driving in the lane closest to the curb and struck Galvez with the right front of his vehicle.
According to the details provided, Galvez must have nearly crossed First Avenue before being struck.
Galvez was taken to University of Arizona Medical Center where he died “several hours” after the crash.
TPD’s report indicates Galvez’s bike was equipped with front and rear lights and that he was not wearing a helmet.
The police department is investigating the crash.
“Detectives from the Traffic Unit and the Office of Internal Affairs responded to conduct an investigation into the collision, which is ongoing. As is standard in this type of incident, a Board of Inquiry was convened to review the circumstances.”
Bicycle Tucson will obtain the report when it is complete.