Police: Man lying in street struck, killed by car


by Christina O'Haver


Posted on December 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 4:21 PM

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PHOENIX -- A man was struck and killed by a car in Phoenix Friday night after apparently lying down in the street, police said.

About 9:30 p.m., Justin John Wright, 40, crossed Camelback Road, just west of Interstate 17. He then lied down in the eastbound left turn lanes, police said.

A westbound vehicle stopped but an eastbound 2002 Nissan Altima struck the man, police said.

He was taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police said Saturday morning they were not sure why the man was lying in the street.

The driver of the Nissan, a 19-year-old man, was not impaired, police said.

He and his 17-year-old female passenger were not injured.