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Pedestrian dies after being struck by vehicle in Tempe

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Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 10:51 am | Updated: 8:03 pm, Mon Mar 14, 2011.

A pedestrian was killed after he was struck by a vehicle near a Tempe intersection on Monday.

The pedestrian, John Larson, 62, of Cambridge, Minn., was struck by a Jeep Liberty driven by a Pedro C. Ruiz, 23, of Phoenix, about 6:45 a.m. near Hardy and Oxford, according to police. Ruiz was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after hitting a block wall.

Investigators believe that alcohol was a factor in the collision and Ruiz will be booked into Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of one count of second-degree murder after receiving treatment for the injuries he sustained in the collision.

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