An 81-year-old woman was struck and killed this afternoon while walking along a sidewalk near the intersection of Alvernon Road and Third Street, a popular bike route.
According to a Tucson Police Department press release, the woman, who hasn’t been identified because her family hasn’t been notified, was walking northbound on the Alvernon sidewalk when a driver exiting from a private driveway attempting to turn right and head south.
The driver was cited for failure to yield from a private drive, a civil traffic violation.
A Tucson Velo reader witnessed the crash and said the woman was pinned beneath the right front wheel.
It’s likely the driver was looking left (north) in an attempt to find a clearing to make the right turn and did not look to his right for pedestrians.
This behavior is common and is one of the reasons cyclists are urged to ride with traffic.