Arizona Man Arrested For Allegedly Running Individual Over On Side Of I-40

Police were forced to shut down the highway for two hours following the accident.Albuquerque police arrested an Arizona resident after the man allegedly drove his car into another individual who was changing a flat tire on the side of Interstate 40, KOB 4 New Mexico reported.

According to witnesses at the scene, Timothy Sheehan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was killed as a result of the collision, as he was changing his tire on the shoulder of the left-hand lane of westbound I-40 between Carlisle Boulevard and University Boulevard.

Investigators told the news source that the driver of the car, 58-year-old Wayne Alan Salguero, a Winslow, Arizona resident, was either "extremely distracted" or had been intentionally driving on the shoulder of the road.

Police were forced to shut down the highway for two hours following the accident, according to KOB 4.

"Everything has to stay where it is," Trish Hoffman a sergeant with the Albuquerque Police, told the news source. "We've got to do measurements, we've got to reconstruct the accident, we've got to go back and attempt without knowing. We do have some witnesses. We have to find out what happened."

Officials from the police department told the news source that there was no evidence of Salguero hitting his brakes or trying to avoid making contact with Sheehan and his vehicle.

Sergeant P.E. Hacket wrote that the evidence found at the scene dictated that Salguero was driving in a reckless manner. The Arizona resident is currently being held on charges of homicide by vehicle, reported KOB 4.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 106,177 crashes in the state in 2010. Of these accidents, there were 762 fatalities.