Police: Pedestrian on sidewalk dead after driver suffers medical episode behind the wheel

Posted at 11:13 AM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 20:35:39-04

A pedestrian in Phoenix is dead after a car veered into oncoming traffic before hitting the victim who was on the sidewalk.

Around 10 a.m. Thursday, police were called to the area of 12th Street and Ocotillo Road after receiving reports of a car crash involving a pedestrian.

According to police officers, the driver struck the victim and then continued forward before hitting a power pole and coming to a complete stop in a home's front yard.

The victim, only identified right now as a woman, was taken to the hospital where police say she later died. 

The driver is hospitalized and is in critical condition as of Friday morning, officials said.

The cause of the crash is still unknown, but early indication suggests the driver may have had a medical episode. 

According to a February report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, Arizona has the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the nation.