Pedestrian killed by traffic light following car crash


by Casey James

Posted on September 15, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 18 at 1:54 PM

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PHOENIX -- A 25-year-old male pedestrian was killed by a traffic light that was knocked down in a car crash Sunday evening.

It happened when two cars collided in the intersection of 15th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix.

Sgt. Steve Martos said the driver of a Chevy Cavalier was traveling southbound on 15th Avenue and failed to stop for a red signal light. The car collided with a Mercury Cougar, which was eastbound on McDowell Road.

The vehicles went off the roadway and collided with a fire hydrant and a signal light pole. The pole fell and struck Michael Vince Miller. He was killed instantly.

"Witnesses said he was walking southbound on 15th by the side of the road," said Lt. Berghorst with the Phoenix Police Department. "He may not have known the accident was occurring and not known what was coming at him."

There were a driver and passenger in each car. Two of those people were taken to the hospital and are expected to survive.

Police said impairment does not appear to be a factor in this collision.

The intersection was closed for several hours Sunday evening while police investigated the crash.