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Courtesy Tucson Police Department

A man who was fatally struck by a vehicle as he crossed the street Monday night was identified as Mario Cortes. He was 70, police said.

Cortes was hit at about 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at North Campbell Avenue and East Mitchell Street.

The neighborhood is north of East Grant Road.

Cortes was taken to Banner-University Medical Center Tucson, where he was later pronounced dead, said Sgt. Kimberly Bay, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman.

Detectives determined that Cortes was on the southwest side of the intersection and was crossing eastbound across Campbell. As he crossed in an unmarked crosswalk he was struck by a dark-colored vehicle that was northbound on Campbell.

The driver of the vehicle fled from the scene and remains at large, police said. The vehicle should have front-end damage. Investigators continue searching for the driver and vehicle. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 88-CRIME, an anonymous tipster hotline.

Since January, there have been 46 fatalities in the city, compared to 41 at this time last year, according to police data.

Contact reporter Carmen Duarte at or 573-4104. On Twitter: @cduartestar