PD: Scooter rider dies in collision with truck driven by 15-year-old

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MESA, Ariz. -– A man riding a scooter was killed in a collision with a pickup truck driven by a 15-year-old Wednesday afternoon, according to the Mesa Police Department.

Sgt. Tony Landato said Mason Merrill, 22, was traveling east on University Drive from Alma School Road when a westbound pickup truck turned left to enter a Jack in the Box parking lot and was struck by the scooter.

Landato called it a failure-to-yield scenario.

"Witness testimony indicates the occupants exited the truck and ran over to the victim, but then returned to the truck and left the scene," Landato said.

A Mesa police detective in the area began life-saving efforts, but Merrill died from his injuries.

The truck was located at a Mesa home near Broadway and Alma School roads. Police officers took the teen into custody. Landato said the boy had a learner's permit and there were three other juveniles in the vehicle with him at the time of the collision.

After police interviewed the teen, he was returned to the custody of his parents along with his 14-year-old sister, believed to be one of the other passengers.

Police are still investigating. Landato said they need to identify and interview the other passengers of the truck.

Pending completion of the investigation, police will submit charges of leaving the scene of a fatality and other civil traffic violations to the Juvenile Maricopa County Attorney's Office, according to Landato.