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A man was pronounced dead a week after being hit by a car on Tucson's east side March 26, police officials confirmed Friday night.

Police say Daniel Benavidez, 49, was walking in a marked crosswalk of Pima Street at Rook Avenue when hit by a 2018 Hyundai Sonata eastbound in the curb lane.

The crosswalk was "both painted and signed," a Tucson Police Department news release said.

Benavidez was found by police shortly after 10 p.m. and taken to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. He succumbed to those injuries on Wednesday, the news release said.

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The driver remained at the scene to cooperate with detectives. DUI officers determined the driver was not impaired and that speed did not appear to be a factor in the collision.

No arrests or citations have been issued, police said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 88-CRIME.

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Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.