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Driver likely won't be charged in fatal pedestrian collision

Prescott police do not anticipate filing any citations or charges against the driver in a collision in which a 77-year-old Prescott man was fatally injured while crossing the 1400 block of Iron Springs Road Nov. 17, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said.

Around 6 p.m., Ronald Anderson, 77, of Prescott had dropped his wife off at a restaurant in the 1400 block of Iron Springs Road near Kile Street, drove their vehicle across the street to an overflow parking area, and ran across Iron Springs back to the restaurant when he was struck by a van driven by Christopher Bailey, 39, of Prescott.

Witnesses told officers Anderson was running across the eastbound lane with his head down, and may not have seen Bailey's van driving westbound.

Bailey told an officer that he did not see the person in the road and did not know what happened. He appeared shaken from the crash but showed no signs of impairment, according to the police report.

Witnesses told officers they did not see the van brake, and officers found no sign of skid marks at the scene. Officers estimated the van's speed at 34 to 35 miles per hour.

"It was an accident. The driver did not stand a chance of stopping in time," Morley said.

Anderson was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Morley said.

The Yavapai County Medical Examiner's Office said the cause of Anderson's death was multiple blunt force injuries, according to the police report.