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Hit-and-run driver strikes woman who was trying to cross freeway after crash in Chandler

A woman was hit-and-killed while trying to cross the Loop 202 freeway in Chandler. Troopers say she had just crashed into a wall on the freeway.
Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 5:44 AM MST
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CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Authorities say a woman is dead after she crashed into a wall on the eastbound side of the Loop 202 Santan Freeway and was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Chandler early Monday morning. DPS officials tell Arizona’s Family after the first crash near Price Road, an off-duty Chandler police officer tried to tell 23-year-old Imari Pritchett to stay inside her SUV. However, she got out and was crossing the freeway when a 36-year-old Chandler man in a 2015 Subaru Outback hit her in the HOV lane. Pritchett died at the scene.

DPS said the man initially stopped and called 911, told the operator he had struck something, but then drove off. Troopers said they looked up his address using his phone number and found him at his Chandler home, where he was arrested. He could face DUI and leaving the scene of a fatal collision charges, DPS said. The Maricopa County Attorney’s office will determine what charges he’ll face in court.

ADOT says the eastbound lanes of the Loop 202 San Tan freeway lanes were closed near McClintock Drive but reopened around 7:30 a.m. Click/tap here for the latest traffic conditions