Thomas Waites

Thomas Waites, 69, has been charged in the death of 53-year-old Lydia Carter and 41-year-old Benjamin Chavez, who were struck and killed by a pickup truck while on a motorcycle in the area of Roller Coaster Road and North Grande Avenue Saturday, June 29. 

Authorities have released the names of the two motorcyclists killed on Tucson’s north side Saturday night.

Both 53-year-old Lydia Carter and 41-year-old Benjamin Chavez were struck by a pickup truck while on a motorcycle in the area of Roller Coaster Road and North Grande Avenue. Upon arrival, deputies discovered by individuals with “severe” injuries, according to a release.

Chavez was declared dead at the scene. Carter was transported by Northwest Fire District to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Traffic investigators have taken over the investigation, which resulted in an arrest of 69-year-old Thomas Waites for two counts of manslaughter, criminal damage and driving under the influence. Waites is currently being housed at the Pima County Adult Detention Facility on a $50,000 bond.

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