CHANDLER, AZ — Authorities have arrested a driver involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Chandler.
At around 11:30 p.m. Friday, troopers with the Department of Public Safety responded to Loop 202 eastbound near Kyrene Road for reports of a crash.
Sergeant Jacob Melki with DPS says a woman, later identified as 47-year-old Shanna Outie of Houston, Texas was pronounced dead at the scene and was the only person inside her vehicle. A second vehicle was involved but the driver was not on the scene when troopers arrived.
Detectives later learned the driver of an Infiniti passenger vehicle may have been speeding when it rear-ended a Ford SUV. The Infiniti rotated and slid into the median barrier wall, while the Ford rolled over into an embankment.
The driver of the Infiniti, later identified as, Jhosua Resendiz-Alvarez, 28, fled the scene on foot.
Officials say they then tracked down the owner of the vehicle, which was Resendiz-Alvarez's girlfriend who said he had her vehicle. Court documents say he has a history of DUI and weapons charges.
Resendiz-Alvarez's girlfriend says that he attempted to call her several times around 11:30 p.m. and she did not answer. Officials say Resendiz-Alvarez went to a Circle K and used their phone to call his girlfriend again.
According to court documents, Resendiz-Alvarez was apprehended at the Circle K Saturday at around 9 a.m. During a police interview, he allegedly admitted to being in the collision after drinking "beers" and before he "blacked out."
Resendiz-Alvarez was booked for leaving the scene of a fatal accident and two counts of aggravated DUI.