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Published on February 26, 2024
Phoenix Police Investigate Fatal Hit-and-Run, Suspect Sought in Pedestrian Death near 39th Ave and Van BurenSource: Google Street View

Tragedy struck the streets of Phoenix over the weekend as police began investigating a deadly hit-and-run that claimed the life of an pedestrian. ABC15 reported that the incident occurred near 39th Avenue and Van Buren Street around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday. Responding officers found a man who had succumbed to injuries sustained from being struck by the vehicle.

The driver, who is yet to be identified, reportedly fled the scene before law enforcement could arrive. Investigators are piecing together the events, surmising that the vehicle was heading east on Van Buren Street when it hit the man as he crossed the road. The specifics of the vehicle and the identity of the victim have not been released as the hunt for the driver continues, according to ABC15.

Further reporting by AZFamily details that police are considering the possibility that the driver was impaired at the time of the crash. The area around the gruesome scene was closed into an evening for the investigation but has since been reopened. The authorities have not yet provided any description of the suspect’s vehicle, nor have they released the name of the deceased man as the investigation forges ahead.

The Phoenix Police Department is urging anyone with information to come forward to assist in the search for the suspect. For more information on this developing story, visit AZFamily.