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Woman arrested for deadly 2016 hit-and-run crash in Mesa

Woman arrested for deadly hit-and-run in Mesa
Posted at 9:20 AM, Mar 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 08:23:57-05

Police have made an arrest in a deadly hit-and-run crash from 2016 in Mesa. 

Mesa police said William Hawkins Jr. was walking in the area of Alma School Road and University Drive on March 6, 2016, when he was hit and killed by a passing vehicle. 

According to Mesa police, 34-year-old Felicia Hernandez was identified as the driver based on a tip from Silent Witness. 

Police said Hernandez admitted to hitting and killing Hawkins during a police interview.

For two years Joshawna Hawkins has visited her brother's memorial in Mesa where he was hit and killed.

"Felicia took someone so close to us, that we love so dearly," said Joshawna. "She took him out of our hands."

William Hawkins was only about a block away from his apartment, crossing the middle of University Drive near Alma School when he was struck.

If that driver would have just called 911, charges may have been less severe.

"He had a lot to live for," said Joshawna. "For you to not stop and help him, just shows what type of person you were."

News of the arrest have justice to the family but still caused pain for their mother. 

"She cried," said Joshawna. "She's like, 'You let my baby just lay there and die."

But through the sorrow, the family is hoping to find the strength to find forgiveness.

"She put a burden on us," said Joshawna. "We don't need to carry a burden from her. We need to be able to forgive her eventually."

Hernandez was booked for one count of leaving the scene of a deadly accident.