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Buckeye police investigating man’s death in Fry’s parking lot

A man in his 70s was hit by a commercial vehicle as he was walking across a parking lot near Indian School Road and Jackrabbit Trail.

BUCKEYE, Ariz. — A man in his 70s was fatally hit by a commercial vehicle Wednesday morning as he was walking across a parking lot in Buckeye, police said. 

The man was struck at about 9:45 a.m. outside the Fry’s store near Indian School Road and Jackrabbit Trail. 

Buckeye police said several bystanders attempted to help the injured man before officers arrived to begin performing CPR on the individual. The man was taken to the hospital and later died. His identity has not been disclosed.

The vehicle’s driver remained on scene and impairment does not appear to be a relevant factor, police said. Authorities did not disclose which company owns and operates the vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.

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