Motorist charged a year later for hit-and-run death
She fatally crashed into a pedestrian on a spring night in 2010. Then she fled the scene, leaving the woman with catastrophic injuries in Portland, OR. She lived nearby, only blocks from the accident, and somehow managed to elude police. Until now – over a year later.
The victim, who was 29 years old when she was killed, was struck by the woman’s vehicle at the intersection of West Erie Avenue and Third Street in the Juniata section of Philadelphia. Police moved on a tip about the woman who caused the accident. The 38-year-old woman was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence, among other offenses relating to the wrongful death. She was taken into custody last week.
The hit-and-run victim was allegedly removing something from the rear seat of her parked car at the intersection when she was hit. She reportedly died almost immediately after being struck. The incident occurred just before 11 p.m. on May 1, 2010.
During the month following the incident, a reward of $15,000 was posted for any information about the driver. It was not clear who called in the tip or how police located the woman.
According to sources, the victim’s friends and family held a vigil last week to coincide with the driver’s arrest. They had held a number of vigils over the last few months to honor the victim.
The family is no doubt relieved the driver was finally arrested. Sadly, it will never bring back the loved one they lost. With the help of a Melbourne criminal attorney, the man might have avoided these charges.