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Published on April 24, 2024
Pedestrian Killed by Speeding Truck in West Phoenix, Police Investigating CauseSource: Google Street View

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a speeding pickup truck in west Phoenix early on Tuesday, authorities said. The incident occurred around 5:15 a.m. near 35th and Whitton avenues, according to Police and paramedics found the victim, an adult man, in the street with a shopping cart and fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the site of the crash. The area is just north of Osborn Road and south of Indian School Road, where another accident had been reported earlier by ABC15.

According to the report, detectives believe the victim was pushing the shopping cart when the northbound truck hit him on 35th Avenue. The force of the impact was so severe, it sent the cart hurling into the opposite lanes, causing a secondary collision with another vehicle. The driver of the pickup truck remained on the scene, and authorities noted the truck had significant damage to its front end and hood.

While an investigation is ongoing, high speed is suspected to be a contributing factor. However, authorities have yet to decide on any charges, pending the results of the accident reconstruction process. During the cleanup and preliminary investigation, police shut down 35th Avenue in both directions from Osborn to Earll Drive.

No names have been released by officials as of yet, and it is unclear whether impairment or other variables played a role in the collision. The victim's identity remains vaguely described as an adult, and details leading up to the initial crash have not been divulished by police officials, as stated in information provided by ABC15.