TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Police have identified one driver who was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Friday night, Dec. 14.
Officers say 55-year-old Geoffrey Hayward was taken to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries after the collision.
“Shortly after arriving at the hospital, [Hayward] sadly succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased,” Tucson Police said in a news release Saturday night, Dec. 15. “Next of kin have been notified. The other driver involved was not injured and there were no other passengers in either vehicle.”
The crash closed Rita Road both northbound and southbound between Interstate 10 and Old Vail Road on Friday around 6:20 p.m. Officers from the Operations Division East and members of the Tucson Fire Department were on scene to investigate and render aid.
TPD Detectives were able to determine that Hayward was driving a gray 2000 Acura TL when he attempted to exit a parking lot and make a left turn across Rita Road. He pulled in front of an SUV that was headed southbound in the median lane. The SUV was unable to stop in time and collided with Hayward on the driver’s side of his car, detectives said.
Police said the SUV driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. No arrests were made and no citations were issued.