Update: Bicyclist hit, killed in Phoenix

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are investigating after a bicyclist was killed Wednesday night.

It happened in the area of 43rd Avenue and Crittenden Lane, which is just north of Osborn Road.

Police originally reported it was a hit-and-run, but on Thursday morning Sgt. Tommy Thompson said further investigation did not find evidence of that.

Thompson said a driver saw a man lying in the roadway at about 8:30 p.m. and swerved to avoid hitting him. The driver stopped to check on the man and as he exited his vehicle, a Toyota Camry also attempted to avoid the man but ran over him.

The 69-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives have not been able to notify his next of kin.

The 20-year-old Toyota driver stopped and remained at the scene. He and his 19-year-old female passenger were not injured.

Thompson said the driver was evaluated and there were no signs of impairment.

Thompson said there was a bicycle near the victim with damage indicating the rear tire had been run over by a vehicle, but there was no evidence in the roadway or witnesses to support a prior hit-and-run collision, as initially reported.

Investigators said the victim may have been riding and crashed or had fallen off his bicycle and was getting up when he was hit by the Toyota, which may have also run over the bike's tire.

Thompson said there may be additional witnesses who left the scene and could not be located and interviewed. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151.