PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Westbound Interstate 10 was reopened in west Phoenix after it was closed Wednesday night when a burglary suspect was struck and killed near the 51st Avenue exit, according to the Phoenix Police Department.
Sgt. Tommy Thompson said around 8:40 p.m., two men entered a Circle K near 35th Avenue and I-10 and stole lottery tickets, as well as other items.
The suspects then fled the scene in a Chevy Cobalt, which was stolen from the parking lot of a nearby hotel two hours prior.
heading westbound on McDowell Road.
Officers attempted to stop the suspects as they headed westbound on McDowell Road near 39th Avenue. However, Thompson said the suspects refused to stop and officers backed off.
The suspects were then involved in a crash at 43rd Avenue and McDowell Road. No one was injured and the suspects were able to continue evading police, entering westbound I-10 from 43rd Avenue.
Thompson said the suspects headed westbound on I-10 until exiting at 51st Avenue, where they crashed into the base of a concrete sign.
Both the driver and passenger bailed from the vehicle.
Thompson said authorities were able to apprehend the driver, a 22-year-old man, but the passenger ran southbound, crossing a canal and was last seen entering the westbound lanes of I-10.
That suspect was then struck by a westbound vehicle. He was declared dead at the scene. He has yet to be identified.
Thompson said some of the stolen lottery tickets were found scattered in the canal the suspect crossed.
He said they are not sure if any weapons were recovered on either suspect.
The westbound lanes of I-10 were closed at 51st Avenue while an investigation was conducted. Traffic was reentering at 67th Avenue.
The freeway has since reopened. The eastbound lanes were unaffected.
The investigation remains ongoing.
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