“Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Vehicle in Tucson: Victim Identified as Johnny Laurelez”

By | July 14, 2023



A tragic incident occurred in Tucson, Arizona, as a pedestrian lost his life after being struck by a vehicle. The incident took place at the intersection of South Nogales Highway and East Felix Road. Authorities received a distress call on Thursday evening at 8:04 p.m., reporting a man down in the area.

Upon reaching the scene, deputies discovered the lifeless body of a man lying by the roadside. Evidence indicated that he had been hit by a car. The victim has been identified as 47-year-old Johnny Laurelez. Unfortunately, the vehicle and driver responsible for the accident were nowhere to be found.

Further investigation revealed that Laurelez was walking southbound on Nogales Highway when he was struck by a vehicle also traveling in the same direction. Shockingly, an hour after the incident, 50-year-old Johnny Badilla arrived and confessed to hitting either a person or an animal in the vicinity.

Detectives promptly proceeded to Badilla’s residence and discovered his vehicle, which exhibited damage consistent with the collision. Consequently, Badilla was arrested and charged with failing to stop and remain at the scene of an accident involving a fatality.

The investigation into this tragic incident is still ongoing, as authorities work to gather more evidence and piece together the events leading up to the collision. This incident serves as a grim reminder of the importance of following traffic laws and being mindful of pedestrians on the road. It is crucial for drivers to remain vigilant and responsible to prevent such devastating accidents from occurring in the future..