Northwest Fire District units along with an Engine from the Mountain Vista Fire District responded to Thornydale Road just south of Linda Vista Blvd just after 9:30pm after 9-1-1 calls were received indicating multiple pedestrians had been struck by a vehicle.
Northwest crews arrived to find two patients that were suffering from critical injuries after being struck by a small SUV type vehicle. The involved pedestrians had just finished watching a family member graduate from Mountain View High School. The group was crossing from the west side of Thornydale to the east side of the roadway where their car was parked during the graduation.
An elderly woman, 83 years-old, was in a wheelchair and was being pushed by her daughter across the roadway. The Nephew of the elderly women, 59 years-old, was alongside the wheelchair when they were both struck by the northbound SUV. The daughter pushing the wheelchair was not injured in the incident.
Both patients were transported by ground ambulance to the trauma center of University of Arizona Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The elderly female succumbed to her injuries just after arrival at the Trauma Center. The male patient remained in extremely critical condition.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department was at the scene to conduct the investigation into the cause of the incident. The driver of the small SUV remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators.
There were no crosswalks or lights in the area where the pedestrians were struck. The intersection of Linda Vista and Thornydale was approximately 600 feet from where the pedestrians were attempting to cross Thornydale. The intersection has traffic signals that have pedestrian controls to aid students and residents in the area cross safely. The intersection is also well lit, which aids drivers in seeing pedestrians.
Additional information regarding identification and updates on conditions will be released when available.
Northwest Fire reminds all pedestrians to use caution when attempting to cross roadways without the aid of crosswalks or traffic control signals. Always use controlled intersections or pedestrians crosswalks with traffic control devices to cross roadways.