PHOENIX - New details have been released in a hit and run incident last month in Peoria that killed a high school student.
Court records say Laura Flanders, 23, of Phoenix was “not coherent to her actions by her complete disregard to proper medications and not to drive while under the medications” at the time of the collision on Oct. 29 that killed 18-year-old Joey Romero.
According to records, Flanders was so heavily medicated, she didn’t realize she was drinking a bottle of nail polish until she spit it out.
It’s unclear what medications she was taking.
Court documents say Flanders was driving at about 40 miles per hour completely off the roadway, with all four wheels on the sidewalk.
Flanders apparently knew she hit something at the time of the collision, but thought it was a tree, pole, or bush and didn’t stop the car, according to documents.
Flanders was arrested around noon Wednesday and booked on charges of manslaughter and leaving the scene of a collision involving a death, said Mike Tellef with the Peoria Police Department.
Tellef said authorities were following up on tips from the community and were able to locate the suspect at her Phoenix home along with the vehicle.
The Centennial High School senior was walking home around 11 p.m. on Oct. 29 from his job at a 99 Cent Only store when he was hit by Flanders’ car near 83rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road, according to the Peoria Police Department.
Romero later died from his injuries at a local hospital.
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