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Man arrested after pedestrian killed in hit-and-run near ASU

Clyde Thatcher (Tempe Police Department)

PHOENIX – A man faces multiple charges, including manslaughter, after allegedly driving into two pedestrians, killing one, over the weekend near Arizona State University in Tempe.

Kelly Maeve Scott, 42, and Steven McDonald, 41, were crossing University Drive in the crosswalk at College Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Sunday when they were struck by a pickup truck, according to the Tempe Police Department.

McDonald was hospitalized with serious injuries, and Scott died of her injuries, police said.

The driver of the silver GMC Sierra stopped and spoke to two witnesses briefly before fleeing the scene, according to police.

About an hour later, a Tempe officer located a truck matching the description near 52nd Street and Broadway Road.

After a traffic stop, police arrested driver Clyde Thatcher, 36, who was alone in the vehicle.

He was booked on charges of manslaughter, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/dangerous instrument, and hit and run causing death.

Police said impairment was a factor in the collision but speed wasn’t.

The investigation is ongoing.

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