Man drives up on sidewalk, killed pedestrian in his Tempe neighborhood

Joining the “seriously, how often does stuff like this happen?” file.

Answer is with alarming regularity.

No one is safe from traffic violence.

12/17/2021 7:30AM Pedestrian was walking along Cornell near Forest; this is the neighborhood adjoining Kiwanis park in Tempe. This is a residential area, traffic engineers would call Cornell Drive “collector” street.

The driver, of course, fled the scene. He was later arrested for susp of hit-and-run, and manslaughter and a few other things.

According to Tempe police, detectives arrested 35-year-old Jeron Meeks on Tuesday. Meeks is accused of being the driver that hit retired Sgt. Albert Phillips around 7:40 a.m. on Dec. 10 near Mill and Forest avenues. Court documents state Meeks was heading toward Forest Avenue while driving eastbound on Cornell Drive when he crossed into the bike lane, then crossed into the parking lane, struck the curb, and drove up onto the sidewalk where he struck Phillips…
Meeks drove his van back onto the road with a shattered windshield and flat back tire. Police said Meeks passed a crossing guard as he drove away from the crash and that Meeks “smiled” as he drove off. Phillips was rushed to a nearby hospital but later died from his injuries… — azfamily

 

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