Howard Fabian, 45, of Gold Canyon died March 11 after being struck by a vehicle the night before while he was attempting to cross the road, according to a press release issued by Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jim Knupp.
Sheriff’s deputies believe the victim had been drinking, which may have contributed to the accident, according to Mr. Knupp.
The PCSO dispatch center received the 911 call at 12:05 a.m. March 11 about a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle near U.S. Highway 60 and Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. Investigators found a man — later identified as Mr. Fabian — lying in the middle of the northbound land of traffic on Kings Ranch Road just north of Skyline Sky Drive, according to the release.
The victim, who appeared to have severe head trauma, was pronounced dead at the scene and his family was notified, according to Mr. Knupp.
Tucker Bascom, 22 of Gold Canyon, told deputies he and his passenger were driving in their sedan northbound on Kings Ranch Road when they saw a man walking on the eastside of the road, according to Mr. Knupp.
The man stepped out into the roadway and in front of the vehicle without warning, according to the release. Mr. Bascom told investigators he did not have time to react and hit the man, Mr. Knupp said.
Mr. Bascom told deputies he immediately called 911 for help, according to the release.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Vehicular Crimes Unit was sent to investigate the crash. Investigators determined through interviews that Mr. Fabian had been drinking beer and shots at a bar inside the Best Western hotel, 8333 E. Sunrise Sky Drive in Gold Canyon, according to the release.
Mr. Knupp said the victim left the bar around midnight and told the bartender that he was going to walk home.
Detectives do not believe Mr. Bascom was impaired or did anything to contribute to this accident, according to Mr. Knupp. The victim’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine his cause of death and blood alcohol concentration, according to Mr. Knupp.
“Law enforcement continuously warns people to not drive motor vehicles while impaired by alcohol. In this case, though, the driver of the vehicle was not impaired by alcohol but the pedestrian appears to have been. Our condolences go out to the family of Howard Fabian,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said in the release.
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