Name of March 12 fatality victim in San Tan Valley released

A pedestrian was walking westbound in the through lane of eastbound traffic on Hunt Highway near Tumbling River Road when he was struck and killed by a car being driven by a man from San Tan Valley, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. (Courtesy Pinal County Sheriff's Office)

A pedestrian was walking westbound in the through lane of eastbound traffic on Hunt Highway near Tumbling River Road when he was struck and killed by a car being driven by a man from San Tan Valley, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. (Courtesy Pinal County Sheriff’s Office)

Agustin Tavita, 20, of Santa Ana, California, died March 12 after being struck by a car while crossing a San Tan Valley road.

Shortly before 6 a.m., Mr. Tavita was walking across Hunt Highway near Tumbling River Road when he was hit by a car being driven by a 51-year-old man from San Tan Valley, Jim Knupp, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, said in a press release. The driver’s name was not included in the release.

The victim’s brother, Van Ah Mau Tavita, 24, also of Santa Ana, also was crossing the road but was not injured, according to the release.

The incident occurred just west of Tumbling River Road on the south side of Hunt Highway, Mr. Knupp said.

First responders gave the victim emergency medical treatment at the scene and transported him to Banner Ironwood Medical Center, 37000 N. Gantzel Road in San Tan Valley, where he was pronounced dead, according to the release.

Deputies from the PCSO Vehicle Crimes Unit investigated the accident. According to witness statements and evidence found at the scene, the driver of the passenger car was traveling about 45 mph eastbound on Hunt Highway in the through lane of traffic. The Tavita brothers were walking westbound in the through lane of eastbound traffic, Mr. Knupp said.

The driver of the vehicle did not see the two men in the roadway and struck the victim with his vehicle, according to the release. The driver of the passenger car was not impaired and is not expected to face criminal charges, according to the release.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will be conducting an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death and whether the victim was impaired at the time of the accident, according to the sheriff’s office.

“This case was a tragic accident which resulted from the two brothers walking directly in the middle of the lane of traffic. While this area does not have sidewalks or street lighting, pedestrians should never walk down the middle of the lane of traffic. Our sympathies go out to the Tavita family who lost their son and brother,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said in the release.

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