Man killed in hit-and-run on Stapley Drive - East Valley Tribune: Mesa

Man killed in hit-and-run on Stapley Drive

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Posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2006 11:52 am | Updated: 4:36 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A man died Monday in Mesa after a car driven by a suspected drunken driver struck him as he crossed the street.

The 38-year-old was running across Stapley Drive from east to west near Inverness Avenue about 11:30 p.m. when a northbound maroon 1997 Acura hit him and continued north, police said.

A Mesa police officer heard the crash, then saw the Acura drive off.

The officer caught up with the vehicle at the U.S. 60 overpass. The driver made a U-turn, then stopped in a parking lot.

Police said driver Ronnie Suazo, 33, failed sobriety tests and was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony hit-andrun and driving under the influence of alcohol.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

His name has not been released pending notification of family.

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