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May 20, 2012 5:55 PM

9-year-old struck by vehicle on Mesa freeway, dies

PHOENIX (AP) - The 9-year-old from Mesa who was autistic and wandered away from his home died after he was struck by a vehicle on a freeway.

The Arizona Republic reports that Au-Juna Banks-Taylor had been playing with siblings at his Mesa apartment complex and was struck and killed on U.S. 60 Saturday night.

The boy was last seen on his scooter.

After the boy's siblings returned to the family's apartment, an aunt who was babysitting discovered that Au-Juna wasn't present.

An hour after the boy was reported missing, police received a call about a child being struck on the freeway.

The boy had been struck by unidentified motorist who wasn't charged in the accident.

Police say there was no indication of improper driving or impairment.

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