Police identify woman killed in pedestrian collision
Ina Ronquillo, Cory Marshall
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A woman has died after being struck by a vehicle on Tucson's southside.
Sgt. Maria Hawke with Tucson police tells KGUN9 the accident happened on West 22nd Street and South Osborne Avenue just before 10 p.m., Sunday.
The woman, 63-year-old Georgia Kent, later died at a nearby hospital.
Though their investigation, detectives responded and discovered the pedestrian female was crossing West 22nd Street just east of the intersection with South Osborne Avenue. She was walking southbound across the roadway and was not in a crosswalk.
A 2011 Chevrolet Impala was traveling eastbound on West 22nd Street in the curb lane. The vehicle struck the pedestrian as she was crossing the road.
Following the collision, the driver immediately stopped and remained at the scene.
Preliminary findings indicate the driver was traveling at the posted speed limit and there was no indication that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The driver was not cited as a result of the collision, said Hawke.
The collision marks the twelfth pedestrian death in Tucson to date this year, compared to five this time last year.
We're looking at engineering solutions and trying to get more crossing out there. In many cases, putting a painted cross walk in a very busy, multi-lane road is not a good solution and so, we are trying to look at putting in more of the pedestrian signals," City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, Ann Chaneka said.
According to Chaneka, the city is preparing to do an inventory on all sidewalks and crossings, determining which locales need an upgrade.
City officials also recently formed the Pedestrian Advisory Committee. They will hold their first open meeting Sept. 18 from 6-8 p.m., inside the Himmel Park Library.