Police investigating fatal pedestrian collision in Tucson

Tucson police are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision on Wednesday night.

Officers responded to the area near North Craycroft Road and East Silver Street just after 8:30 pm to reports of a vehicle collision involving an SUV and an adult male pedestrian.

The Tucson Fire Department responded to the scene and ultimately pronounced the pedestrian, identified as 48-year-old Daniel Xavier Berjac, dead, according to the police statement.

Interviews conducted by officers and detectives along with evidence determined that Berjac was not in a crosswalk when he was trying to cross Craycroft Road, according to the police statement. Police said they believe he was crossing mid-block.

The SUV had been traveling northbound on Craycroft Road in the median lane at the time they struck Berjac.

The driver, identified as an adult female, immediately stopped and cooperated with the investigation where it was determined that the driver had not been impaired at the time of the collision, according to the police statement.

No charges or citations had been issued.

Pedestrian fatalities in Arizona

Arizona has one of the worst rates of pedestrian deaths in the country and it’s been that way for years.

Arizona had the sixth-highest pedestrian fatality rate in the country in 2020, the most recent data that is available, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The state followed only New Mexico, South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana.

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