Brittney Nolan faces 2nd-degree murder charge in boyfriend's hit-and-run death

PHOENIX - A woman accused of hitting her boyfriend with a vehicle and leaving him to die on a Phoenix street in January has been arrested a second time and charged with second-degree murder.

Brittney Nicole Nolan, 20, was indicted on the additional charge by a Grand Jury in February.

She was initially charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death or injury.

According to court documents, Nolan and 20-year-old Jacob Rice were on their way home from a desert party in the north Valley when they got into an argument and Rice walked away.

Nolan reportedly told police she was driving around trying to find Rice and trying to get her cell phone to call him when she lost control of the vehicle and swerved onto the shoulder of the road, hitting Rice.

Police said Rice was walking in the bicycle lane of the roadway when he was struck.

Nolan allegedly left the scene of the accident without stopping to help Rice or call police.

Nolan later turned herself in to police, saying she thought she’d hit a light pole.

Police say Nolan told investigators she’d been drinking at the desert party before the accident.

Rice's body was discovered by a jogger.




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