Pedestrian killed by work truck in Tempe

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- A pedestrian was hit and killed by a work truck at the intersection of Elliot Road and Priest Drive in Tempe Friday morning.

Tempe police Lt. Mike Pooley said the truck was traveling southbound on Priest Drive when the driver lost control, jumped a curb and struck a woman who was on the sidewalk.

The driver corrected and tried to make the immediate right onto Elliot but wound up turning into the wrong lane and into oncoming traffic.

The driver corrected again, went over the median, cut across three lanes and crashed into a covered bus top.

"I was sitting at Elliot, getting ready to go onto the freeway, and I saw the truck come around the corner and go over the median," said witness Hannah Houston. "Then he came back over and crashed into the light next to the bus stop."

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

"I didn't even know that he had hit another woman until somebody came over and was saying, 'Hey, there's a girl laying down over here,' " Houston said. "It's really sad, especially to see her laying down there like that."

The driver was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.

No information about the pedestrian or driver has been released at this time.

It is not clear if speed, driver impairment or vehicle malfunction were factors.

"We're going to be looking at anything and everything that could have contributed to this incident here," Smith said.

The intersection is closed for the investigation.