1 Killed in overnight wreck, others flee scene

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

MESA -- Police are trying to identify the victim of a fatal wreck that kept a major Mesa intersection closed for hours overnight.

It happened at after midnight at Brown and Gilbert roads. Mesa investigators said a van ran a red light and collided with another car. Both vehicles spun out of control. The impact threw a man from the van. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told officers they saw  at least two people whom they thought were in the van run from the scene. Police fanned out and scoured the surrounding area with the help of K9 units and a helicopter, but did not found either of them.

Without anybody to tell them who the victim is, investigators will have to resort to fingerprints to try and identify him.

In addition to not knowing anything about the victim, investigators also don’t know much about the van. While they do believe it was stolen, they're not sure to whom it belongs.

"The plate does not belong on that vehicle," said Sgt. Cory Caulkins of the Mesa Police Department. "The VIN number does come back to a local address that we've checked out, but the apartment number of the address did come back as not a valid apartment number."

The man who was behind the wheel of the other vehicle, a Honda, was not injured.

A tow truck arrived on the scene at about 7 a.m., to clear the wrecked vehicles. Investigators were still on the scene at 8 a.m., trying to piece everything together.

The intersection was expected to re-open to traffic at about later in the morning.