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Pedestrian dies after hit by suspected impaired driver in Phoenix

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Phoenix Police
Posted at 8:06 PM, Jul 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-26 14:27:21-04

PHOENIX — Police say a suspected impaired driver is to blame for a deadly crash in Phoenix Saturday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called to the scene near 43rd Avenue and Butler Drive around 2 p.m. to investigate reports of a pedestrian hit by a car.

Court documents said 21-year-old Sebastian Garcia-Castillo was driving a 2016 Nissan Maxima heading northbound on 43rd Avenue near Butler Drive.

Garcia-Castillo then collided with a pedestrian crossing 43rd Avenue through a crosswalk.

The pedestrian, identified as 56-year-old Alberto Urbina, died at the scene.

Police said officers conducted sobriety tests on Garcia-Castillo at the scene and "did poorly."

Garcia-Castillo reportedly admitted to an officer that he had smoked marijuana the morning before the crash.

After being taken into custody, he admitted that he was going 50 to 55 miles per hour at the time of the crash. He believed the speed limit was 45 miles per hour in the area where the crash happened, according to police.

He also reportedly admitted he had smoked marijuana the morning the crash took place and did not have a driver's license.

Court documents said Garcia has prior citations for driving with no license and failure to control his speed to avoid a collision.

"It is believed that in addition to speed, impairment was a contributing factor to this collision on behalf of the driver," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Ann Justus.

Garcia-Castillo was booked and is facing a reckless manslaughter charge.