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Driver cooperating after hitting, killing pedestrian near 44th Street and Washington

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PHOENIX — Phoenix police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was hit by a car while crossing a street near 44th and Washington streets Friday night.

Police said the victim was struck by the vehicle while crossing northeast of the airport at around 9:56 p.m. Friday.

The man was later identified as 61-year-old Vernon Crawford.

Officials say Crawford was crossing Washington Street in the middle of the block when he was hit by Kia Forte traveling westbound.

The 32-year-old man driving the car stopped, rendered aid and is cooperating with investigators, police say.

The driver was evaluated, and impairment is not believed to have played a role in the accident.