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Utah resident struck and killed along Interstate 17

Man was about to change a tire when he was struck

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 -

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On February 17, 2010, at approximately 7:13 a.m. a vehicle struck a pedestrian northbound on Interstate 17 at milepost 221.9, south of the Carefree Highway. The pedestrian, Ronald Norris, 55, of Orem, Utah, was standing behind a Cadillac sedan in the emergency lane, which is approximately 23 feet wide, to change a flat tire that was on the front right side. Norris was standing to the right of the trunk when he was struck by another vehicle driven by Miguel Ortiz, 30, of Anthem.

Investigators say the Kia driven by Ortiz drifted across the emergency lane for an unknown reason and struck Norris who sustained fatal injuries. At the time of the incident, two women passengers were still inside the vehicle. The owner of the car, Danny Walden, and Norris were standing at the rear of the trunk. Norris was struck and pronounced deceased on scene.

Norris and his family were in Arizona to attend a funeral.

At this time the incident is under investigation.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.