Suspect arrested in Tempe hit-and-run that injured 2 ASU students

Apr 28, 2021, 4:45 AM

Sheldon Whitebird (Tempe Police Department photo)...

Sheldon Whitebird (Tempe Police Department photo)

(Tempe Police Department photo)

PHOENIX — A Mesa man suspected of injuring two Arizona State University students in a hit-and-run in Tempe on Saturday evening has been arrested, according to the Tempe Police Department.

Sheldon Whitebird, 39, was arrested about four hours after the hit-and-run and held on an arrest warrant from an unrelated incident in which he was suspected of driving under the influence, according to authorities.

Impairment is also being investigated as a possible factor in this collision, authorities said, and new charges are pending against Whitebird as his license may have been revoked at the time of the incident for the alleged previous DUI offense.

Witnesses reported a vehicle lost control near the intersection of Rural Road and Apache Boulevard around 6 p.m. and struck the two students on the sidewalk at the northeast corner of the intersection before fleeing the area.

Both students were taken to the hospital, one with serious life-threatening injuries who remains in critical condition. The other student has since been released from the hospital.

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Suspect arrested in Tempe hit-and-run that injured 2 ASU students