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Drunk Driving Accident Kills Tucson Cyclist

Suleika Acosta KOLD News 13 Reporter

December is already off to a deadly start when it comes to drunk driving accidents. The driver of a pick-up truck crashed into a bicyclist. It happened Friday night on Old Spanish Trail. And police say alcohol was involved. This is Pima County's latest drunk driving accident. But this time, it was a bicyclist not a driver who was the victim.

Old Spanish Trail, it's a popular destination for bicyclists all over Tucson. But Friday night, it would become the scene of a deadly drunk driving accident.

"This was very unusual and tragic," says Dawn Barkman with Pima County Sheriff's Department. Just before 9 p.m. Friday, deputies say 26-year-old Melissa Marie Arrington was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Arrington was heading South in her Ford pick up truck on Old Spanish Trail when she hit Paul L'ecuyer who was riding his bike in the same direction.

"He actually impacted the windshield and then flipped over into the bed of the pick up truck," says Barkman.

The investigation has revealed that Arrington continued to drive for at least another 800 feet before stopping. L'ecuyer was pronounced dead at the scene. "He apparently was traveling in the correct direction on the right side of the road, he was on the shoulder of the roadway," adds Barkman.

Lane chandler and his wife Linda have only been bicycling for a few months. Friday's tragic accident reminds them you can never be too careful. "The bicycling lanes that they have and provide for us that makes it a lot safer for us but if somebody is drunk going down the road, then anything can happen as it obviously did last night," says Lane.

Melissa Arrington was booked into the Pima county Jail on one count of second degree murder. Authorities are still investigating the accident.

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