The Tucson Police Department pavement markings related to the death of Dennis McKinney, 47, who was killed while riding his motorized bike on Congress near Toole, were still clearly visible Tuesday afternoon.
The police department’s records division is only open Monday, Wednesday and Friday so the police report wasn’t available yesterday, but the pavement markings seem to indicate the trolley tracks may have played a part in the crash.
Bicycle attorney Eric Post has analyzed all of the police reports related to bicycle crashes in the last few years and said after viewing photos of the scene sent to him by Tucson Velo, that the markings were not something he had seen in other fatality reports.
“We pulled all of the fatality reports that we have from 2007 through the end of ’09,” Post said. “There were seven fatalities in that two-and-a-half year period involving bicyclists. Not one of the reports had this kind of workup in it.”
According to Post, without having the police report from this latest fatality to compare the markings to, it is difficult to determine the circumstances, but that it looks like the trolley tracks may have caused McKinney to lose control of his bike.
“From what I have seen so far it looks like he got caught in the tracks and went down in front of a car,” Post said.
Erik Ryberg, who is also an attorney representing Tucson cyclists, wrote in a recent blog entry that from the markings on the street it appears the tracks contributed to the crash.
Trolley tracks and the intersection in question have been a source of concern for members of the Tucson Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee. Look for a follow up post about the tracks.
In the meantime, check out the rest of the images and video from the crash scene.