Man dies after being hit by car at Safeway in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - An investigation is underway after a car struck and killed a man outside a Scottsdale Safeway on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. near Shea Boulevard and Scottsdale Road. 

Scottsdale police said two men were on the sidewalk when an SUV jumped the curb and hit them. 

Both men were transported to the hospital. One of the men, 81-year-old Michel Ebertin died from his injuries.

Ebertin was a retired engineer from Paradise Valley. He was active in the Grand Canyon German Shepherd Dog Club, and he would bring his dog to the VA Hospital for pet therapy with veterans.  

"It's just total devastation. He was just a person who loved dogs and loved people," Ebertin's friend Jim Frost said.   

"I'd stand there and he'd kind of give me a rundown of what the judge would be looking for in those dogs," Frost said, "It was always his dog that was the best."

Ebertin once worked as the vice president of engineering for video game maker Atari. He received a master's degree from CalTech.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, two sons and four grandchildren.

Relatives say he was out running errands Tuesday after getting his blood drawn when he was hit and killed. 

The driver, a woman in her 70s, was uninjured. Her female passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital. 

Police say the driver remained on scene and fully cooperated with investigators. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, impairment does not appear to be a factor, police said. 

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