Two pedestrians killed after SUV veers off roadway

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scottsdale police are investigating a fatal car-pedestrian accident that occurred Sunday morning.

Scottsdale police were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident at 10 a.m. in the area of Scottsdale and Jackrabbit roads, but when officers arrived they found two pedestrians were also involved.

According to police, a burgundy GMC SUV was southbound on Scottsdale Road just north of Jackrabbit Road when it drove onto the sidewalk, striking two pedestrians and then slamming into a power pole.

Both pedestrians were pronounced dead on scene. They have been identified as Randall Bjerken, 51, and his 50-year-old wife, Doris, of Palmer, Alaska.

No homes or businesses in the area suffered a power loss as a result of the accident.

The 23-year-old male driver of the SUV was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Police have not determined what caused the SUV to veer off the roadway.

Investigators said alcohol, drugs and speed were not factors in the accident. At this time, the driver is not facing any charges.