Police ID man killed at Grant-Tucson intersection

2014-02-01T00:00:00Z 2014-02-15T18:10:13Z Police ID man killed at Grant-Tucson intersectionBy Kimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Tucson police have identified the pedestrian killed at a midtown intersection early Friday morning.

Desmond F. Canchola, 23, was struck about 4:30 a.m. at North Tucson Boulevard and East Grant Road, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

Canchola was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene.

Investigators determined the vehicle involved was westbound in the curb lane of Grant and the light for westbound traffic was green.

“It appears the pedestrian was struck while crossing Grant Road in the crosswalk, against the traffic light,” Dugan said. The intersection was closed for about five hours as detectives investigated.

Friday’s incident was the third pedestrian fatality in Tucson this year.

Just after 7 p.m. Jan. 22, Tucson resident Eric M. Rudnicki, 56, was struck by two vehicles as he walked across Interstate 19 near Kilometer 95 between Tucson and Green Valley, Officer Raúl Molina, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman, said in an email. 

On Jan. 8, 48-year-old Carey J. Turczynski died after being struck by a pickup truck west of North Granada Avenue and West Congress Street in downtown Tucson.

Contact reporter Kimberly Matas at kmatas@azstarnet.com or 573-4191.

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