Pedestrian hit by car in Mesa might have been drunk

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MESA, Ariz. -- Police are trying to find the next of kin of man who is in critical condition after being hit by a car while crossing the street Friday evening.

Police don't know much about the victim, but they do believe he is a transient and might have been drunk at the time of the accident.

According to police, the man, whose name has not been released, was crossing Alma School Road at Drummer Avenue when he apparently stepped into the path of an oncoming car.

That vehicle hit the man squarely, flipping him up onto the hood, into the windshield and onto the roof.

The driver of the car stopped at a nearby convenience store and called the police.

In addition to breaking both of his legs, the victim also suffered a serious head injury. He remains in critical condition at Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital.

Tests done at the hospital show the victim was under the influence of alcohol when he was hit.

Police said the driver did not appear to be impaired in any manner. Officers said he cooperated with their investigation and was later released.

Investigators said it does not look like speed was a factor in the wreck. They are, however, working on a reconstruction.

The wreck happened just before 6 p.m. so it was getting dark. The driver said he did not see the victim until the impact.

Witnesses told police they saw the victim hesitate before running into the street just before the collision.

Police said the victim has no ties to the community. According to a family friend, he is transient. That friend was not able to provide police with any contact information for the man's family.