Person in wheelchair hit by vehicle, killed in Tempe

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Gina Maravilla

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 7:29 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 1:29 PM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- A person in a wheelchair was hit by a vehicle and killed in Tempe Wednesday morning.

It happened at about 6:15 a.m. on University Drive at George Drive, which is just east of the Loop 101 Price Freeway.

According to police, the man had just left his home at the Tempe Cascades Trailer Park and was crossing the street. There is not a crosswalk there. It's a driveway into the trailer park.

"It was dark outside. There were no lights on the wheelchair," Sgt. Mike Pooley of the Tempe Police Department said.

Pooley did not release any information about the victim, saying only that he was in his 60s.

The vehicle that hit the man was eastbound in the curb lane on University Drive. That driver stopped and stayed at the scene as required by law.

"It's just a tragic accident," Pooley said, explaining that investigators do not believe impairment was a factor.

"This is why we have crosswalks," Pooley said. "We hate when these types of thing happen, but they do happen. People do get hit, many times when they're crossing outside of the crosswalk. ... We have those there for a reason. Any time you can use one, use one."

3TV traffic reporter Gina Maravilla warned drivers of delays in the area. University Drive was closed while police conducted the on-scene portion of their investigation. There also were restrictions on northbound Price Road.

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