A 60-year-old man drove his pickup truck into a light pole at 48th Street and Piedmont Road in Ahwatukee Foothills Wednesday afternoon. Ari Cohn/AFN

Phoenix police have identified a 59-year-old man who died around the time he drove his pickup truck into a light pole at 48th Street and Piedmont Road in Ahwatukee Foothills Wednesday afternoon as Danny Lee Piwowarczyk.

"Investigators are waiting for the Medical Examiner's report to help determine if a medical condition may have played a role in the collision," according to Trent Crump, Phoenix Police Department spokesman.

Sgt. Dave Reginato said the driver was seen hitting a curb just before he slammed the front of his green Toyota Tacoma into a pole on the northeast corner of the intersection around 4 p.m. Police administered first aid upon arriving at the scene. The victim was transported to Tempe St. Luke's Hospital, Reginato said.

So far, it's unclear whether a medical emergency caused the man to crash his truck, or if he died from injuries sustained in the accident, he said. Check back with www.ahwatukee.com for updates.

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The article regarding the fatal auto accident involving Dan P. was a shock to many in the community. In the early morning hours, for many years now, we have seen Dan P. out in the streets with the rest the garage sale circuit searching for treasures/bargains. This kind, friendly man will be dearly missed by many of us. He was incredibly intelligent and a great writer. I remember one morning when we asked him what treasure he was searching for and he replied "nothing, I just like to go to garage sales!" We will miss you Dan!!


I just heard the sad news about Dan. I only knew him to say hi but we kept running into each other whether I was out yardsaling or having a yard sale of my own. He was just at my sale a couple of weeks ago....I will miss seeing him.

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