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Aug 10, 2013 8:45 PM by Erika Flores

Driver flees from fatal auto-pedestrian accident

TUCSON-Police need your help finding the driver who struck a pedestrian and fled the scene.

The hit and run accident killed 29-year-old Angelic Monica Barnes.

Witnesses said a white, older Dodge Caravan took off.

Pedestrians said I talked to said Irvington near Fremont is a busy street with a lot of foot traffic and limited lighting.

It was close to 11 p.m. Friday when one woman was struck and killed by a van just west of Fremont and Irvington.

The driver fled.

"People who drive need to take responsibility for their actions," said Ian Velasco, a pedestrian.

Witnesses told police the driver was in an older white Dodge Caravan.

"There's a lot of traffic I've noticed that, and I just think they should pay attention more to pedestrians," said Velasco.

Police said the woman who died didn't cross at a crosswalk.

News 4 Tucson went to the area to talk to pedestrians and captured a man jaywalking right away.

Pedestrian Paula Carrasco said she's guilty of it too.

"I jaywalk too but I wait as long as I have to 10, 20 minutes whatever it takes to be able to cross when it's all clear," said Carrasco.

But Carrasco does admit crossing four lanes can be risky when not crossing at the crosswalk especially at night.

"These streets are really dark and trafficked a lot," said Carrasco.

The crosswalk sign alerts drivers that there is a pedestrian crosswalk ahead and a light shines down on that crosswalk, but pedestrians said the street could use more light to help drivers see them approaching.

"At night around here there's not much light," said Velasco.

So far, Tucson police said there have been 11 pedestrian fatalities this year.

If you know the whereabouts of the driver who fled, Tucson police want to hear from you.

Call 88-CRIME or Tucson police.


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