Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 10.53.01 AMA 58-year old male because the fourth Tucson pedestrian killed on when he was hit by a car while crossing Ft. Lowell on Monday, Feb. 11.

The crash took place at about 6:45 p.m. on Ft. Lowell Road near Casto Street.

According to a Tucson Police Department press release the man was walking south across Ft. Lowell when a 2011 PT Cruiser struck him.

He was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

From a Google Maps view of the intersection, there does not appear to a crosswalk in the area.

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2 thoughts on “Tucson Pedestrian killed on Ft. Lowell; 4th in 2013”
  1. One item to note regarding a crosswalk–any intersection in Tucson (if I’m recalling the law correctly) serves as a crosswalk for a pedestrian and therefore vehicles are required to stop for people waiting to cross. This isn’t always safest to do (depends upon other vehicles around you).

  2. The first link is an explanation of Arizona state crosswalk policy and philosophy which closely mirrors San Diego’s.  San Diego has very low pedestrian deaths.  An interesting tidbit out that article, more pedestrians die in crosswalks than out of them, 2 to 1 when adjusted for traffic volume, 7 to 1 raw.  

    This second link is PAG’s synopsis of Arizona pedestrian law which makes it very clear just how off level the playing field as regards pedestrians/automobiles actually is.  It also makes plain that the solution isn’t going to be crosswalks.  If a goal of transportation planning is to get people out of their automobiles we’ll have to to something to mitigate these rivers of death we surround communities with.  Pedestrians who are struck by automobiles generally speaking are just trying to get efficiently from point A to point B.  When you can’t leverage the cheap calories of long chain hydrocarbon molecules to reduce your effort and the time intervals involved in getting from here to there extra steps add up rapidly.  It’s sad that momentary mistakes are so often resulting in death in Tucson.  It shouldn’t cost you your life to go to a grocery store.  

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