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Man killed crossing against Speedway light is 16th pedestrian death this year

A 37-year-old man who was hit by an SUV and died Sunday night was crossing the intersection of Speedway and Main Avenue against the traffic light, authorities said.

Brennan Thomas was identified by Tucson police Monday, after his family was notified.

Just after 11 p.m. Sunday, Tucson police and fire personnel were dispatched to the intersection just north of Downtown, a Tucson Police Department spokesman said.

Thomas was given first aid by firefighters and taken to Banner University Medical Center, "where he died shortly after arriving at the hospital," Officer Raymon Smith said.

Traffic detectives determined that Thomas was walking southbound across Speedway (near the crosswalk) on the east side of the intersection. The driver of a Toyota 4-Runner was heading east on Speedway in the center lane. Thomas, who was walking against the traffic signal, was struck by the SUV as it passed through the intersection, Smith said.

"Interviews with witnesses in conjunction with roadway evidence indicate that speed was not a factor in this collision," Smith said.

The driver was not found to be impaired by TPD's DUI Unit, and the street lights in the area "were fully operational," Smith said. No citations have been issued in the case.

Thomas is the 16th pedestrian to be killed in Tucson traffic this year, with 26 total traffic deaths, year to date.

Last year, there had been 30 traffic deaths to date, with 13 pedestrian deaths.

Traffic fatalities, year to date

2018 – 30 2019 – 26
Pedestrian – 13 Pedestrian -16
Bicycle – 2 Bicycle – 0
Motorcycle – 4 Motorcycle – 5
Vehicle -11 Vehicle - 5
- 30 -
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