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Driver arrested for impairment after deadly bicyclist crash

Posted at 5:09 AM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 08:12:00-04

MESA, AZ — A man has been arrested after hitting and killing a bicyclist in Mesa, according to police.

Mesa police say the incident happened Tuesday around 5 p.m. near Higley and McDowell roads.

The bicyclist was reportedly struck by a vehicle driven by 29-year-old Zachary Taylor.

Taylor allegedly drifted into the bike lane before hitting the bicyclist, who was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The bicyclist has been identified as 67-year-old Scott Purdie.

Taylor stayed on scene and cooperated with police.

Police say Taylor showed signs of impairment and admitted to using heroin and methadone.

He was arrested for manslaughter, one count of narcotic drug possession and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.