Fatal pedestrian collision still under investigation

Jon Johnson File Photo: The Safford Police continue to investigate a fatal collision that killed a pedestrian on U.S. Highway 70 on Tuesday night

By Jon Johnson


SAFFORD – The Safford Police Department is continuing to investigate a fatal collision Tuesday night that involved a pedestrian and a vehicle on U.S. Highway 70.

According to a Safford Police press release, officers were dispatched at about 8:06 p.m. to the 1400 block of W. Thatcher Boulevard (U.S. Highway 70) regarding the collision. 

Upon arrival, officers located a pedestrian, identified as a 45-year-old Safford resident, who had been struck by a vehicle driven by a 35-year-old Safford resident. 

Personnel with Lifeline Ambulance treated the pedestrian at the scene, however, he was pronounced deceased. Authorities closed U.S. Highway 70 between 14th Avenue and 20th Avenue for about two hours to conduct their investigation. 

The driver was evaluated by a Safford Drug Recognition Expert officer and no signs of impairment were detected, according to the release. 

The pedestrian’s body was transported to the Pima County Office of Medical Examiner for an autopsy. The collision remains under investigation at this time.