2 Pedestrians hit at Tempe intersection

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Two pedestrians were hit by a pickup truck in Tempe Thursday morning.

Tempe police said Phoenix resident Ysmael Lira, 58, was making a right turn from Warner Road to Priest Drive at about 6:30 a.m. when he failed to yield to two pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Police said Lira stayed at the scene after hitting the 45-year-old-man and 45-year-old woman.

The pedestrians were transported to Chandler Regional Medical Center for treatment. Emergency personnel said the victims' injuries are not life-threatening.

Sgt. Steven Carbajal said dark, rainy conditions combined with the pedestrians wearing dark-colored clothing were determined to be contributing factors in the crash.

Lira was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and causing serious physical injury by a moving violation.