Update: Police release name of bicyclist killed in midtown

2014-08-21T15:29:00Z 2014-08-21T15:58:58Z Update: Police release name of bicyclist killed in midtownKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 21, 2014 3:29 pm  • 

Tucson police have released the name of the bicyclist who died Wednesday after being struck by a car in a midtown intersection.

Mark Scherer, 54, was hit just after 1 p.m. at the intersection of East 29th Street and South Swan Road.

A 36-year-old woman was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Impala northbound on Swan Road and had a green light as she entered the intersection at 29th Street, said Sgt. Sgt. Chris Widmer, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department. Scherer was riding westbound on 29th Street and ran the red light at Swan Road when he was hit.

The woman driving the Impala was uninjured.

Scherer was taken to a local hospital where he died, Widmer said.

This was the second bicyclist fatality in the city this year.

On June 18, massage therapist Kris Lee Chambers, 38, was killed when a car ran a red light and struck her from behind.

Chambers was riding her bicycle westbound on Speedway just west of North Main Avenue near downtown, shortly before 6 a.m., when Gerardo Luna Cazares, 25, ran a red light and struck her, according to police officials, who said Cazares was high on drugs when he killed Chambers.

Cazares was booked into the Pima County jail and faced charges of second-degree murder and criminal damage.

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