Apache Junction pedestrian killed Sept. 26 when struck by vehicle


John T. Cox Jr., 60, of Apache Junction was killed around 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, after being struck by a vehicle while walking along Delaware Drive, according to the Apache Junction Police Department.

The alleged incident took place while Mr. Cox was pushing his bike southbound on Delaware Drive in Apache Junction toward Foothills Drive. Police investigators say they determined Juan C. Gutierrez, 32, of Apache Junction was driving a 1997 red Mustang southbound on Delaware when the vehicle allegedly struck Mr. Cox, who was on the east side of the road edge on Delaware.

Mr. Cox was pronounced dead at the scene by a member of the Superstition Fire and Medical District.

Mr. Gutierrez was later transferred to the Pinal County Detention Center in Florence.

Mr. Gutierrez was charged with driving with a suspended driver’s license and leaving the scene of a fatal accident; he subsequently returned, according to police Chief Thomas Kelly.

Investigators say there is no indication Mr. Gutierrez was impaired at the time of the accident.

The police department reminds the public that all persons are presumed to innocent until found otherwise by a court of law.

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