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New details on accident that killed pedestrian in midtown crosswalk

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New details on accident that killed pedestrian in midtown crosswalk

By Justin Schecker. CREATED Oct 25, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Police reports obtained by 9 On Your Side shed new light on the accident that killed 28-year-old Matthew Bono as he walked across a midtown crosswalk last Saturday.

According to the police reports, 74-year-old Edward George told police between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. he drank "3 or maybe 4" 12 oz. beers at Trident Grill near Speedway and Campbell. 

Friends of Bono told 9 On Your Side he was going to a friend's daughter's birthday party. 

At 2:59 p.m., police say Bono was walking south in the crosswalk at Speedway and Richey.

Witnesses told police Bono was just feet away from the curb when George's 1977 white pickup truck driving eastbound struck Bono, sending him across Richey. 

George kept driving as if he didn't notice he hit a pedestrian, according to witnesses in the police report, but drivers flagged him down and he returned to the scene. 

Doctors pronounced Bono dead on the scene 11 minutes after the accident. 

George had a different account of what happened for police.

"What they seen is not what I seen," the report says George stated to police.

George told police he did not have time to brake and said Bono jumped into his lane after another car nearly hit him.

One witness overheard George say "the man just walked in front of me...you can't just walk in front of someone like that."          

There are no overhead lights or traditional stop signs at Speedway and Richey, but there is a sign that reads "Stop when pedestrians in crosswalk."      

One of the responding officers said he "could smell intoxicants on his breath and he had blood shot watery eyes."

George declined a breathalyzer test, instead opting for blood work. Results of that test are not in the report. 

9 On Your Side spoke over the phone this afternoon with George. He declined to go on camera but said "a terrible thing happened."

A memorial service for Bono is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. at the John Valenzuela Youth Center.

Justin Schecker

Justin Schecker

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Justin Schecker reports for KGUN 9 ON Your Side at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. He joined KGUN9 in September of 2012 and spent his first year in Tucson covering overnight breaking news for Good Morning Tucson.