Pedestrian loses his life in hit-and-run on Interstate-40

A pedestrian walking on Interstate 40 was struck and killed Monday, May 31, in what authorities are classifying as a hit-and-run accident.

At 9:43 p.m. an eastbound vehicle hit a man who was walking east along the interstate.

Rescue crews pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene, according to witness Michelle Williams, who added that several vehicles struck the body.

Officials said the man was walking east when he was hit near milepost 252, which is on the west end of Winslow, directly under the Hipkoe overpass.

As of press time the accident was classified as a hit-and-run accident. The Navajo County Sheriff’s Department, Coconino County Coroner’s office, Winslow Fire Department, Winslow Police Department, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) all responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, ADOT closed the interstate until around 3:40 a.m. while authorities conducted their investigation. ADOT was able to detour traffic onto the Hipkoe exit and then directly back onto the interstate using the entrance ramp.

Because of the hit-and-run classification of this accident, further information was not available at press time.

Individuals with information concerning this hit-and-run accident are encouraged to call either the Navajo County Sheriff’s Department or the Winslow Police Department. Your information may lead to closure in this case.


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