Truck hits man, grandson in Phoenix crosswalk

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are searching for the driver of a pickup truck who hit a man and his grandson walking near 55th Avenue and McDowell Road Wednesday morning.

The incident was caught on video by one of the city's photo enforcement vans. The video shows the truck turning and hitting the victims while they were in a crosswalk at 55th Avenue and Hubbell Street.

Witnesses told police that the suspect got out of his truck, spoke to the victims and then drove off.

Officer James Holmes said the 54-year-old man shielded his 5-year-old grandson from the impact. The grandfather has a broken arm, cuts and bruises. The boy sustained only minor injuries.

The driver of the truck had possibly dropped a child off at nearby Harris Elementary School just prior to the collision, according to Holmes.

The driver is described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 pounds with a mustache. He was wearing a blue sweater at the time.

The vehicle is described as a red mid-1980s two-door extended cab Chevrolet pickup truck.

Police believe the video may assist in identifying the driver that left the scene.

Anyone with information about the suspect or suspect vehicle is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. 

According to Phoenix police, eight speed vans are deployed throughout the city on a rotating basis to provide photo speed enforcement in school zones and adjacent streets when the schools are in session.