An 18-year-old woman has been arrested for fleeing the scene of a fatal crash.
According to a Tucson Police Department press release, Rebecca Lanette Valenzuela struck Angelic Monica Barnes, 29, on Aug. 9 at about 11 p.m.
The crash occurred Irvington Road and Fremont Avenue. According to the report, Barnes was walking south across Irvington Road west of Fremont when she was hit.
Valenzuela allegedly fled the scene after the crash. Witnesses indicate the driver did not stop or slow after striking Barnes.
Police did not identify Valenzuela until the morning of Aug. 10, when a family member of Valenzuela’s saw the damage to the van and called police.
The release alleges Valenzuela and two other passengers panicked and fled following the crash.
The van showed obvious signs of damage including “extensive windshield damage.”
Valenzuela was arrested for Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving a Death, which is a class 2 felony. Sentencing for a class 2 felony can range from probation to 12.5 years for first time offenders.
According to TPD, the passengers were not charged.
Traffic investigators indicated the Barnes was not in a crosswalk at the time of the crash. Drivers who strike pedestrians who are not in crosswalks are generally not cited.