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Man on crutches dies after being hit by ice-cream truck on South Side

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Man on crutches dies after being hit by ice-cream truck on South Side

A 39-year-old man died of his injuries after being struck by a van on Tucson's South Side. Basil Eleando was hit Tuesday night as he walked across South 6th Avenue in the middle of the block near the Tucson Rodeo Grounds.

Police officers on patrol witnessed the incident around 10:20 p.m., and immediately began to render aid, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman said.

Eleando, who was using crutches, tried to cross 6th Avenue heading east, near West Oklahoma Street, just north of Irvington Road, said Sgt. Kimberly Bay.

He was hit by a 1991 Chevrolet van that was being used as an ice-cream truck. The van was heading north on 6th, and struck Eleando before reaching Oklahoma Street, said Bay.

"The driver remained on scene and cooperated with investigators," Bay said. "Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in this collision. No citations were issued."

Eleando's family was notified of his death before police put out a news release on the incident, Bay said.

Roadway deaths, year-to-date

2015 2016
Total 22 21
Pedestrian 5 4
Bicycle 1 1
Motorcycle 3 6

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