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SUV fatally strikes 2 cyclists near Tucson; Suspect arrested

March 20, 2022 GMT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Two cyclists have died after being struck by a vehicle in the Catalina Foothills near Tucson and a suspect has been arrested, according to authorities.

Pima County Sheriff’s officials said 74-year-old Kenneth Cook and his 62-year-old wife, Gretchen, were both declared dead at the scene Saturday.

Authorities also said 26-year-old Ryan Machado has been booked into the county jail on suspicion of manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal collision, criminal damage and driving under the influence.

It was unclear Sunday if Machado has a lawyer yet who can speak on his behalf.

Sheriff’s officials said deputies were dispatched to the Foothills about a crash involving two cyclists.

Witnesses told authorities that a driver of an SUV involved in the collision drove away from the scene and gave a description of the vehicle.

Sheriff’s officials said the SUV was located and Machado was taken into custody.