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9/27/09

Driver arrested after deadly vehicle versus pedestrian collision

Source: Lubbock Sheriffs Office Source: Lubbock Sheriffs Office

A Lubbock driver was behind bars Sunday evening accused of fatally hitting a pedestrian outside the Lonestar Amphitheater. Around 12:30 Sunday morning, witnesses say 40-year-old Mark Purvis was taking a picture of his band's name on the marquee while standing in the 900-block of East 19th Street. His band "Darker Shade of Grey" had just performed at the venue. A 1999 Plymouth Voyager van struck Purvis. EMS took him to University Medical Center where he later died.

"That was his whole life. Music," says friend Manuel Gutierrez.  "He loved playing music. He was just a good guy and I'm sad to see him go. I mean I lost a good friend that day."

"He would do anything for anyone just to help someone out," says friend Joe Bocanegra.

Police say the driver of the van, 56-year-old James Sanders, drove off, but returned to the scene. He was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter with a motor vehicle. Police are still investigating the accident.

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