Tucson bicyclist killed in crash with ambulance identified
Terry Lee Sellers, 30, was identified as the bicyclist killed in a crash with an ambulance early Wednesday morning in Tucson.
Officers had been dispatched to the intersection of North Craycroft Road and East Towner Street just before 4:45 am on Wednesday to reports of a collision, according to the police statement.
Interviews conducted by officers and detectives determined that Sellers was riding his gas-powered bike headed eastbound, through the parking lot of a medical center, according to the statement.
Sellers then exited onto Craycroft Road when he was struck by an ambulance headed southbound in the curb lane of Craycroft Road.
Sellers was pronounced dead at the scene by responding members of the Tucson Fire Department.
The driver of the ambulance immediately stopped after the collision and cooperated with investigators. An officer from the Impaired Driver Enforcement Unit then responded to the scene and determined that the driver had not been impaired at the time of the collision, according to the police statement.
Detectives learned that the ambulance had not been responding to an emergency at the time and that sellers’ bike did not have functioning brakes.
However, Sellers’ bike did have a white light on the front of his bike as well as a red light on the rear, but it is unknown if those lights were on prior to the collision, according to the police statement.
Investigators reportedly found various types of narcotic paraphernalia in Sellers’ possession. Any potential impairment on his part would be determined by further test results, according to police.
According to the police statement, failure to yield from a private drive on the part of Sellers is believed to be the major contributing factor in the collision.
No charges or citations have been issued as the investigation remained ongoing.