PD: Driver arrested in fatal bicyclist hit-and-run near Mill Avenue and Broadway

Tempe Raul Portillo mugshot
Posted at 10:55 PM, Apr 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-05 18:07:02-04

TEMPE, AZ — Police have arrested a driver linked to the death of a woman who was struck while riding a bicycle in Tempe Friday evening.

Tempe police said just after 7:30 p.m., 40-year-old Raul Portillo was trying to make a left turn from Mill Avenue to Baseline Road when he allegedly struck a 41-year-old woman riding a bicycle.

The cyclist was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Portillo was driving a Nissan Titan pickup truck and was pulling a trailer when the crash occurred.

Court documents say Portillo reportedly did not control his speed when he collided with the bicyclist who was crossing Baseline Road.

Police said he fled the scene and a witness shared the identification of the suspect vehicle with authorities.

Portillo was tracked down just after 1 a.m. at his home the following day.

Authorities said they obtained surveillance footage that showed Portillo checking his pickup truck that had visible damage from the crash.

He was arrested and taken to Tempe City Jail and faces charges of second-degree murder and hit and run resulting in death.