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APACHE JUNCTION — An 18-year-old man died when he was hit by a vehicle early Sunday morning, and the alleged driver shot and killed himself later, police said.

Apache Junction Police Department officers responded to a report of a hit and run in the alleyway near the 700 block of West 16th Avenue at 12:07 a.m. When officers arrived on scene they located Adrian Kerr, an 18-year-old man, with very serious injuries.

According to AJPD officers, Kerr had sustained what appeared to be life-threatening injuries and was subsequently transported by ambulance to Mountain Vista Hospital, where he later died.

Hashem Wessam, 39, was identified as the driver of the vehicle that struck Kerr. Wessam was located by police in Mesa after he reportedly took his own life with a firearm. AJPD detectives are still investigating the incident.

The incident is believed to have began as a domestic violence situation and Wessam may have been impaired at the time of the collision with Kerr.


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