PD: Driver arrested after hit-and-run crash in Tempe that left two pedestrians hospitalized

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Posted at 3:28 PM, Apr 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-27 16:42:15-04

TEMPE, AZ — Police say an arrest has been made after a hit-and-run driver struck two pedestrians in Tempe Saturday night.

Officers were called to the scene near Rural Road and Apache Boulevard around 5:50 p.m after multiple witnesses reported a motorist lost control, left the roadway, and collided with two people walking near the northeast corner of the intersection.

Witnesses were able to provide a description of the vehicle to police, and officers have since been able to locate and arrest the alleged driver, 39-year-old Sheldon Whitebird.

Police say both pedestrians, adult males, were transported to the hospital to be treated. One remains in critical condition, while the other has since been released. Both victims are believed to be ASU students.

Whitebird was arrested in Mesa hours after the crash and held on a warrant for an unrelated incident where he was suspected of driving under the influence. Additional charges against Whitebird are pending, and impairment is also being investigated as a possible factor in this collision.