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Police: Fleeing suspect struck, killed on Phoenix freeway

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Posted at 6:57 AM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 13:44:22-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say a fleeing theft suspect was struck and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 10 while running to try to avoid capture.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson says the suspect had been a passenger in a stolen car that crashed Wednesday night after getting off the freeway.

Thompson says police arrested the 22-year-old driver after the crash but the passenger ran off and was seen by a pursuing officer to be running toward the freeway where he was struck.

No identities were released.

Westbound I-10 was closed for several hours before it was reopened early Thursday morning.

Police said the car used by the suspects was stolen earlier Wednesday night.