Phoenix accident results in death of pedestrian

A man has died in an Arizona pedestrian accident that occurred Tuesday night at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Camelback Road in Phoenix, azcentral.com has reported. The Phoenix Police Department has closed the intersection for an investigation.

Police are stating that the pedestrian had just gotten of the train at the intersection and was crossing the street. He was struck and killed by a southbound vehicle. It is being reported that the victim is not a local resident and may be from another country.

The police are still investigating the accident and do not yet know if drugs or alcohol played a role. It has not been reported if the pedestrian was in or near a crosswalk.

Both the accident intersection and the 7th Ave. rail station are still closed.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, in the year 2008 alone there were 1,524 pedestrian crashes in Arizona. That represents 1.27 percent of all accidents state wide. 124 pedestrians died in accidents that year (which is down from 157 deaths in 2007).

UPDATE: ABC News is now reporting that the vehicle involved in the accident was traveling at approximately 90 mph. The driver of the speeding car hit the pedestrian, then hit two other cars, and continued on to strike a building where the vehicle caught on fire.

The vehicle was traveling so fast that the pedestrian victim was severed in half. Drivers of the two other vehicles involved were injured and taken by ambulance to area hospitals.

The pedestrian has been identified as Ramzy Khalil.

Click here to view the story and accident photos posted by AZFamily.com.