Fatal pedestrian crash

Tucson police and fire were on the scene of a fatal pedestrian crash in midtown Wednesday morning.

Tucson Fire Department

A mother and her 7-year-old son died after being stuck by a car this morning in midtown, Tucson police say.

The pair was crossing East Pima Street near North Swan Road about 7:30 a.m. when they were struck, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson police spokesman.

The child, identified as Ethan Mentzer, was a second-grader at St. Cyril's Catholic school, about a block from where he and his mother, Anna, were stuck, according to a letter to parents from St. Cyril's principal, Ann Zeches.

They were walking to school, a statement from Salpointe Catholic High School on Facebook said.

Tucson fire crews were the first to arrive at the crash scene and began rendering first aid to both the mom and her child.

The mother died at the scene.

Her son died later at Banner University Medical Center.

Detectives are trying to determine if the pair were in a crosswalk at the time of the crash, Dugan said.

The woman driving the car that hit the pair stayed at the scene and cooperated with detectives.

She showed no signs of impairment, Dugan said.

Since January, there have been 24 pedestrian fatalities in the city.

Six of those have occurred since Sept. 27.

Contact reporter Caitlin Schmidt at cschmidt@tucson.com or 573-4191