The officer was Allen D. Johnson. He was just 26 years old.
Something tells me this is one driver who is going to get cited for hitting a bicyclist. If nothing else comes of this, maybe TPD will take some time to train its officers about the “three foot safe passing” rule, and begin enforcing it.
My condolences to the family. This is the second hit-from-behind fatality on Old Spanish Trail.
Update: Jean Gorman writes that according to Perimeter Bicycling Records, Johnson rode the 109-mile El Tour de Tucson twice, in 2007 and in 2008. He finished in under six hours both times. What a terrible, tragic thing. I sincerely hope that Johnson’s death will spur the Tucson Police Department to start enforcing the three-foot rule. Consider what progress they could make if they began pulling cars over and issuing warnings — lots of warnings — on say Grant or Campbell during rush hour.