Man killed by hit-and-run driver in PhoenixPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A man was killed when he was hit by a vehicle in central Phoenix early Thursday morning.
A witness told police that the driver did not stop after hitting the victim.
It happened at about 3 a.m. on 27th Avenue between Camelback Road and Glenrosa Avenue.
The witness said the victim was sitting in the middle of the road and he had to swerve to avoid hitting him. Just after that, the witness said he saw another motorist hit the victim and continue driving.
Investigators are trying to locate that driver. Police said the victim is 39 years old and they are working to notify his family. They are also trying to figure out why he was in the street.
Police said the vehicle that hit the man was a Toyota. They recovered a part from that vehicle left behind at the scene. The vehicle should have damage to the front end.
Police closed 27th Avenue while they investigated the incident. The road was reopened just after 7 a.m.
Update: southbound lanes of 27th Ave now open— Jill Galus (@JillGalus) December 11, 2014
Victim identified as a 39-year-old man. Name not yet being released. Police are still working to notify family— Jill Galus (@JillGalus) December 11, 2014
According to witness, police say victim was first spotted sitting in middle of 27th Ave around 3am...witness swerved to avoid hitting person— Jill Galus (@JillGalus) December 11, 2014
Moments later, witness told police, he saw another car actually hit the person and continue driving, never stopping or returning to scene— Jill Galus (@JillGalus) December 11, 2014