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Courtesy Tucson Police Department

A man struck in a hit-and-run downtown on Friday died from his injuries at Banner-University Medical Center Tucson on Sunday.

The man was identified as Robert Plata, 64, according to a Tucson Police Department Facebook post Monday, April 3.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a crash involving a pedestrian on West Congress Street and North Church Avenue, police said.

Tucson Fire Department paramedics were treating a man, later identified as Plata, in the road about 50 feet west of Church on Congress in front of a Sun Link stop. Paramedics took Plata to the hospital.

Traffic detectives took over the hit-and-run investigation. Witnesses were interviewed and it does not appear that Plata was in a crosswalk when he was struck by an unknown vehicle, police said.

The investigation is continuing and detectives ask that anyone with information call 88-CRIME, an anonymous tipster hotline.

Since January, there have been 16 traffic fatalities in the city, compared to eight at this time last year, according to police data. 

Contact reporter Carmen Duarte at or 573-4104. On Twitter: @cduartestar