Hit-and-run driver in custody after striking motorcyclist at I-10 and 51st Avenue

Posted at 6:29 AM, Jun 04, 2017

An alleged hit-and-run driver is in custody after striking a motorcyclist in west Phoenix Sunday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. 

Just before 3:15 a.m. DPS received a report of a hit-and-run collision involving a car that fled after hitting a motorcyclist on westbound Interstate 10 and 51st Avenue. 

Officials say the motorcycle driver, Jacqueline Castillo, 35, was seriously injured. The Glendale woman was taken to a hospital for treatment. 

Jonathan Suarez, 23, was taken into custody and faces several charges after fleeing from the scene. Officials believe he was the driver of the passenger car. The Yuma man was apprehended by Phoenix police and turned over to state troopers. 

Castillo's family spoke with ABC15. 

"It's just something that she loves very much, it's just it's just going to be life changing in all areas," said sister Brianna Jackson about the crash and Castillo's love for motorcycles. 

Castillo is a mother of two young children. Her family hopes that her injures don't get any worse. 

"I hope you never have to go through something like this, you know to have your life totally flipped upside down," said Cynthia Gonzalez, Castillo's mother. 

The family has set up a GoFundMe accountfor assistance.