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Pedestrian killed while crossing Phoenix street

PHOENIX -- Police in Phoenix say a man has died after getting struck by a car while crossing the street.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said 45-year-old Joseph Slaven was walking across the street near the intersection of 36th and Northern avenues on Friday around 11 p.m.

Thompson said Slaven failed to yield the right of way to vehicular traffic and was hit by a Chevrolet Cavalier, which was traveling westbound on Northern.

Witnesses told police Slaven may have also been doing something with his cellphone and not paying attention.

Slaven later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.

Thompson said the driver stayed at the scene.

He said the investigation is ongoing. It is unknown if impairment played a factor in the incident.

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