Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle on I-17 in Camp Verde

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PHOENIX -- A pedestrian was hit and killed on Interstate 17 in Camp Verde at around 5 a.m. Friday.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman said a vehicle struck Wayne Anthony Hancock Jr., 54, who walked from the median into the path of the vehicle.

The driver reportedly was unable to avoid hitting Hancock. He died at the scene. Investigators are trying to determine why he was on the freeway.

The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to Verde Valley Medical Center.

The southbound lanes of I-17 were closed for about three hours. Northbound I-17 remained open during the southbound closure.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, southbound traffic was taken off the highway at Middle Verde Road, which is roughly at milepost 289, and was detoured through Camp Verde. Drivers were warned to expect delays.

The closure was about 90 minutes north of Phoenix.