Mesa police are investigating a two-vehicle collision surrounded by suspicious circumstances involving the death of a man who apparently was thrown from one of the vehicles.
The person, who did not have identification on him and has yet to be identified, was killed following a crash early Tuesday at Gilbert and Brown roads, where witnesses saw two people running from the scene, police said.
A driver of a 2007 Honda was northbound on Gilbert Road at about 12:18 a.m. when he struck a 1995 Chevy Astro van that police said ran a red light while traveling eastbound on Brown. The collision caused both vehicles to spin out of control toward the northeast corner of the intersection.
The driver of the Honda told police that when he got out of his car to see if anyone was hurt he saw a body lying on the curb and two people running east on Brown. He told officers he was not sure if the people who ran off were in the vehicle or not. He also couldn't tell whether they were male or female.
Police said the body, which had extensive injuries to the head and face, appeared to have been thrown from the van during the collision. The person did not have identification, police said.
The extent of injuries to the man's face prohibited police from estimating the man's age, according to Sgt. Edward Wessing, a Mesa police spokesman.
Officers searched the area but were not able to find anyone.
Police said the license plate on the van was not valid, and the vehicle identification number was registered to an address that does not exist.
The driver of the Honda was not injured.