TPD makes an arrest in fatal hit and run - Tucson News Now

UPDATE: TPD makes an arrest in fatal hit and run

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -


Tucson police have made an arrest in a hit and run that left Angelic Monica Barnes dead.  Rebecca Lanette Valenzuela has been arrested and charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, a class two felony, Tucson Police said Saturday.  The 18-year-old was driving a white 2004 Ford Freestar van Friday when her car hit and killed Barnes.  Valenzuela and two female passengers "panicked and fled the scene of the collision," Tucson Police spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke said in a written statement to Tucson News Now.  


A family member of Ms. Valenzuela called 911 Saturday morning after noticing the damage to the car, which included extensive windshield damage, police said.  Valenzuela has been booked into the Pima County Jail.  The passengers have not been charged.  The vehicle was impounded for evidentiary purposes, Sgt. Hawke said in her written statement.  



Tucson Police Department are investigating a serious motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian that occurred late last night.

At 10:59 p.m. emergency personal from the Tucson Fire Department responded to the collision where they located a seriously injured adult female.

She was transported to a local trauma center, as her injuries were deemed life threatening. She was pronounced deceased while at the hospital.

The female was identified as 29-year old Angelic Monica Barnes.

Upon investigation, detectives from the Traffic Investigations Unit responded to the scene and collected roadway evidence.

They learned that Barnes had been walking across East Irvington Road in a southbound direction just west of the intersection with South Fremont Avenue. Barnes was not in a crosswalk.

A vehicle traveling eastbound on the roadway struck Barnes while she was on the roadway, but continued traveling after striking her without stopping or slowing.

The vehicle has been described as a white, older model van, similar to a Dodge Caravan. Detectives request anyone having information about the incident, the location of the vehicle, and/or identity of the individual, who was driving the van, call 911 or 88-Crime.

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