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Seven-year-old boy dies from injuries in pedestrian collision

Laura Kittell, Simone Del Rosario

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Seven-year-old boy dies from injuries in pedestrian collision

CREATED Oct. 3, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct. 3, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A 7-year-old boy involved in a pedestrian collision has died as a result of his injuries.

Sgt. Chris Widmer with Tucson Police tells KGUN9 that on September 29, the 7-year old boy was walking with his father and 5-year-old sister when they were struck by a vehicle after attempting to cross the street in a crosswalk at Speedway and Alvernon.

"I see this happen more often than I'd like to admit," local Dustin Delaney said at the intersection. "This is a very dangerous place."

Detectives determined that a 1994 BMW 4-door was traveling northbound on Alvernon Way and stopped in the right hand turn lane for a red light at Speedway Boulevard.

The pedestrians were on the southeast corner of Speedway and Alvernon, Widmer said.

When the light for north/southbound Alvernon turned green, the pedestrians started to cross Speedway northbound in the marked crosswalk and the BMW began making a right hand turn to go eastbound on Speedway.

The BMW turned into the pedestrians, striking the father and his 7-year old son.

The father and the 5-year-old suffered minor injuries while 7-year old Simon Foster was critically injured.

The driver of the BMW has been cited for causing serious injury or death by a moving violation.

"She wasn't speeding," Widmer said. "She was stopped at a red light. When it turned green she made a right turn. Unfortunately, she didn't see the pedestrians crossing at the same time, and something tragic happened."

The City of Tucson relies on the three E's -- education, enforcement and engineering -- to try to keep Tucson's pedestrians safe.

"Pedestrians need to understand how to cross the street safely by being a vigilant as possible," traffic engineer Diahn Swartz said. "There needs to be police enforcement when motorists aren't obeying the laws. Then we need to provide safe facilities.

"So all three E's will be what it takes to make our roads as safe as possible."

And hopefully stop the death toll. Simon Foster is the 14th pedestrian killed so far this year, more than double last year's total. 

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