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Updated Dec 22, 2013 - 2:34 pm

Pedestrian killed after lying down in Phoenix street

PHOENIX -- A man was killed Saturday night after he lay down in the middle of a busy Phoenix street and was struck by a car.

The 40-year-old man was crossing Camelback Road west of the Interstate 17 around 9:30 p.m. when he decided to lie down in the eastbound turn lanes, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

One vehicle had stopped for the pedestrian, even though he wasn't in a crosswalk, but a second vehicle, a Nissan Altima, struck the man.

Thompson said the driver could not see the man until it was too late. The pedestrian was taken to a hospital, where he later died from injuries.

The driver of the Nissan was evaluated and showed no signs of impairment.

Police said they don't know why the pedestrian decided to lie down in the roadway.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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