Anothony Valdez, 31, has been charged with manslaughter after being suspected of DUI in a collision that occurred on La Cholla Boulevard, Wednesday night.
On Feb. 27, at approximately 7:08 p.m., deputies with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Foothills District responded to the report of a serious collision south of the intersection of West Ina Road and North La Cholla Boulevard.
Investigators from the Sheriff’s Traffic Unit responded to the scene. They determined that Richard Bean, 57, was riding his motorcycle south of the intersection of Ina and La Cholla at the dedicated turn bay. Bean was wearing his helmet.
Valdez was waiting to turn into the Walgreens at Ina and La Cholla. According to police, he failed to yield to Bean and turned in front of him causing a collision. Bean collided with the front passenger side of Valdez’ vehicle and was transported to University of Arizona Medical Center. Mr. Bean died prior to reaching the hospital.
At the scene, investigators developed suspicion that Valdez was operating his vehicle while impaired. Valdez was arrested and booked for manslaughter.
The investigation continues.