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Tucson police have identified the 86-year-old woman struck and killed by a truck Thursday on East Speedway Boulevard at North Wilmot Road.

At 2:15 p.m., Gladys Blackmarr was southbound in the marked crosswalk of Speedway, on the east side of the intersection, when hit by a Ford F-250 turning left from southbound Wilmot.

Blackmarr was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to Banner University Medical Center, a Tucson Police Department news release said.

The driver of the vehicle cooperated with detectives.

Investigators determined the driver was not impaired when the crash occurred. The vehicle's speed also doesn't appear to be a factor, the news release said.

Eastbound Speedway was closed at Wilmot for nearly three hours due to the crash.

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Contact reporter Danyelle Khmara at or 573-4223. On Twitter: @DanyelleKhmara


Danyelle joined the Star in 2018 and covers K-12 education. Previously, Danyelle wrote for the Tucson Weekly where she won several statewide awards including story of the year and first place investigative reporting.