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TPD identifies 72-year-old pedestrian killed in accident

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TPD identifies 72-year-old pedestrian killed in accident

CREATED Sep 27, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 1, 2012

Reporter: Cory Marshall

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell, Mekita Rivas, Taylor Avey

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A pedestrian died Thursday night after being hit by an SUV on Tucson's southside, according to Sgt. Chris Widmer with Tucson Police.

On Monday, TPD confirmed that the pedestrian was 72-year-old John E. Esquibel. His next of kin has been notified.

Esquibel was crossing Campbell Avenue south of Irvington Road when he was hit by a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban that was traveling southbound in the inside lane of Campbell Avenue.

The accident marks the sixth pedestrian fatality in Tucson this year.

As Esquibel stepped into the southbound, inside lane, the Suburban struck him, causing serious, life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

According to Widmer, Esquibel was not in a crosswalk when he was struck.

Tucson Police Det. Peter George says pedestrian unpredictability is at the root of the problem.

"You're just always kind of guessing where they're going to go and what they are going to do," George said.

Employees at the Taco Bell across the street from the scene said the 72-year-old was napping inside their restaurant before he was hit.

Officers do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor for the driver of the SUV, but it is unknown at this time if the pedestrian was using drugs or alcohol.

Southbound travel on Campbell Avenue between those streets was closed for at least three hours while detectives investigated the crash. 

"It's a difficult thing to try to target just pedestrian collisions, " George said.

The driver of the Suburban was cited for driving on a suspended license.