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Published on February 26, 2024
Two Fatal Hit-and-Run Incidents Claim Lives of Pedestrians in Phoenix, West Valley CitySource: Google Street View

Tragedy struck twice in the Valley as two pedestrians lost their lives in separate hit-and-run incidents, Phoenix and West Valley City police reported a man and a woman were killed while traversing the perilous streets just a day ago. In Phoenix, an unidentified male pedestrian succumbed to fatal injuries after being struck by a car near 39th Avenue and Van Buren Street around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Phoenix authorities are still on the hunt for the vehicle involved, as stated by 12 News.

Earlier the same day a woman, whose identity remains unconfirmed as well, met a similar fate while jogging in New River; the driver in that case has also yet to be identified. In a separate incident, a 39-year-old man was tragically killed in West Valley City while crossing the street early Friday morning, the accident occurred at 2700 West and 4270 South as reported by Lt. Dalan Taylor of West Valley City Police during an interview with FOX 13.

The identity of the West Valley City victim has not been released while investigations proceed and as police continue their search for the southbound vehicle that ended his life, authorities had to close the road between 4300 South and 4100 South for a time to clear the scene. As the community grapples with these tragedies, officers from both cities are urging anyone with information to come forward, in a bid to bring closure to the victims' families and hold the responsible parties accountable.

Details surrounding both cases remain sparse as officials work through the evidence seeking answers in these fatal encounters, Phoenix police are piecing together a profile of the unknown vehicle from preliminary information which suggests it was traveling east on Van Buren Street at the time of the incident.