The City of Phoenix has been under fire recently for its response to traffic collisions, and the latest incident has resulted in the death of a woman who was killed by a pedestrian who was allegedly driving while distracted.
Phoenix has been ranked third worst in the country for pedestrian deaths in 2016, according to a new study from Smart Cities America, and pedestrian deaths are on the rise in the US, according the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
The study found that pedestrians were killed on Arizona’s roads at a rate of more than three pedestrians per 100,000 miles driven.
That’s roughly one pedestrian per 100 million miles of travel.
According to the study, pedestrian fatalities rose by nearly 7 percent from 2015 to 2016.
According the study released Thursday, a pedestrian was fatally struck in Phoenix last year, and that number was just surpassed in 2017.
The fatal accident was captured on dash cam video from a traffic stop that took place on June 26.
The Arizona Department of Transportation released the dash cam footage on Friday.
A witness told ABC 7 that the driver of the car was allegedly distracted while driving.
The driver was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while impaired.
Phoenix Police Chief Greg Harris said on Friday that the officer involved in the crash was placed on administrative leave while the department investigated.
Harris told the Associated Press that the video was “very clear” that the car driver was distracted, and he believes the officer’s actions were appropriate.
Harris said the driver was on a red light at the time of the crash, and did not stop.
The officer had his lights on when the crash happened.
According, the city has been cracking down on distracted driving and drivers in recent years, and Harris has vowed to do more to prevent it from happening in the future.