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Man dies after being hit by two cars near Rodeo Grounds

A man died Saturday night after being hit by two cars on Tucson's South Side. The unidentified man, who was not in a crosswalk, had nearly made it across South 6th Avenue near West Ohio Street when he was hit by a car in the curb lane, authorities said. That driver stopped to render aid, but the man was hit again by a vehicle that left the scene.

The adult man had been walking eastbound across 6th Avenue, north of Irvington Road near the Rodeo Grounds, when he was hit by a blue 2003 Acura that was traveling northbound in the curb lane, a Tucson Police Department spokesman said.

The man, whose name was withheld pending notification of his family, "was not in a crosswalk" Sgt. Pete Dugan said. Thursday, detectives were able to notify the family of the man who was kiled. Authorities released his identity on Friday, naming the victim as 53-year-old Rafael H. Duran.

"The driver of the Acura pulled over to render aid, but before he was able to assist, the pedestrian was struck by a second vehicle that did not remain on scene. The second vehicle was described as an unknown white sedan," Dugan said.

Tucson Fire Department personnel took the man, who had life-threatening injuries, to Banner University Medical Center, where he died shortly after arrival, Dugan said.

"Neither speed nor impairments appear to be factors" involving the driver who hit the man first, Dugan said. No arrests or citations were issued. Anyone with information about the incident should call 88-CRIME, he said.

Last June, a man on crutches was killed as he tried to cross 6th Avenue just a block south of the scene of Saturday's fatal incident.

Traffic fatalities year to date

For 2016 - 9 For 2017 - 18
Pedestrian - 2 Pedestrian - 10
Bicycle - 0 Bicycle - 1
Motorcycle - 3 Motorcycle - 5
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