PHX PD: Driver who killed pedestrian charged

Posted at 10:32 AM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-04 01:06:13-04

Phoenix police are investigating after a pedestrian was hit and killed on Friday morning.

Police said a driver was heading west on McDowell Road around 9:45 a.m. when he saw a pedestrian crossing McDowell heading south at 31st Avenue.

The pedestrian was crossing against the red light, police said. The driver used his brakes but could not stop in time to avoid hitting the man.

The pedestrian, who police said was 68 years old but did not further identify, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators determined the driver, identified late Friday as 23-year-old Jean Brown, was driving at speeds estimated to be 35 miles per hour faster than the speed limit. Police said the driver also had a suspended license.

Brown faces a charge of vehicular manslaughter, according to online jail records. Authorities do not believe the driver was impaired at the time of the crash.