Doctor hit by car while jogging dies, donates organs

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX - A doctor who was struck by a car while out jogging with his wife has died.

He was struck at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the area of Pinnacle Peak Road and Tatum Boulevard. Joseph Gibson, 38, was an emergency room doctor who worked at Good Samaritan Hospital. After being struck he was taken to John C. Lincoln hospital where he was in critical condition until he died on December 30.

Gibson was struck while out jogging with his wife and suffered massive head injuries. Investigators say the 23-year-old driver of a small Lexus likely never saw the doctor who was jogging with his wife in the bike lane.

The speed limit is 30 miles-per-hour.Police say that with the sidewalk alongside the bike lane, it is illegal for a pedestrian to be in the bike lane. Police say driving in the bike lane is illegal as well.

The driver of the vehicle has not been cited. Investigators are trying to make sure the doctor was completely in the bike lane and had not veered into the road. His wife was running by his side but was not injured.

Per his wishes, Gibson's vital organ were donated to help four patients.