Updated: Cyclist killed in east-side crash

The fatal crash occurred at 9 a.m. this morning near South Calexico Avenue and Escalante Road.

Edward Gomez Nava

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A Tucson cyclist was struck and killed on Tucson’s east side this morning.

According to a Tucson Police Department press release, 56-year-old Albert Eugene Brack was riding east on Escalante when the driver of a Ford F150 pickup veered into the bike lane and struck Brack from behind.

The driver of the truck fled the scene. The truck was spotted a short time later and the driver, 48-year old Edward Gomez Nava, was located on foot a short distance away from the pickup.

Officers are investigating whether alcohol was involved.

Nava was was arrested and charged with one count each of 2nd Degree Murder, Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Collision, and Criminal Damage — all felonies.

Brack was taken to a local hospital, but died from his injuries.

The crash occurred around 9 a.m. near the intersection of Escalante Road and South Calexico Avenue.

17 comments
Eric V Gonnason
Eric V Gonnason

Al Brack was a friend of mine from where we worked at a large defense contractor.   Hadn't seen him a a quite a few years, then met up with him again -  sure enjoyed his company.   Very nice, supportive and genuine sort of guy.  All my best to his family - I'm sure you'll miss him deeply, as will I.  

Flaven
Flaven

This is very sad news. Bicyclists should ride on sidewalks like I did as a kid or pay the money to work out at the gym so they will stay safe. Condolences to the family of this tragic event.

Jjmead1
Jjmead1

You should not be allowed to drive OVER people as they have the right to ride on streets legally. You comment is insanely stupid. 

Zeph
Zeph

It's not stupid.  I wish we were allowed to ride on sidewalks, or be given designated lanes AWAY from the road.  I would NEVER ride a bike anywhere on a  road in Tucson, not the way people drive here.

Opus the Poet
Opus the Poet

I have heard that DUI charges are waiting on a toxicology test and other charges will be ramped up accordingly if "substances" are found in his bloodstream.

blah
blah

bet hes an illegal

lunarlanding
lunarlanding

I'm so sorry; my prayers for his family. 

Shabaraka
Shabaraka

thank you for the support everyone my dad will truly be missed :(

Shabaraka
Shabaraka

thank you for the support everyone

Mindy
Mindy

So very tragic -- my heartfelt sympathies to his family. 

Jkspinning
Jkspinning

Very very sad. My condolences to the families. In addition to alcohol, I hope TPD checks phone/text records.

Paul
Paul

That area is all residential, and I would have felt safe riding there.  In the past I've set hare & hounds running trails there, and it was always quiet and lightly traveled.  This is really shocking.

steven d
steven d

This is just terrible.   Condolences from our family to yours, Albert. 

straw
straw

Wow! that was within a block of a stop sign wide road with east and west bound lanes separated by a large dirt median with really good sight lines no curves and flat.  40 mph speed limit about to drop to 35mph at Camino Seco.  The effective width of the bike lane is narrow but not that narrow.  Something had to have gone really wrong.  My sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Albert Brack.  

Bethallen
Bethallen

Especially distressing that you can't even bike in the early morning without fear of drunk drivers. RIP Albert.