Residents of the Belara Apartment Complex off North Valley Parkway were worried about the heavy police presence in their parking lot this morning and wondered why a car parked there was surrounded by crime scene tape.
Down the road, investigators from the Phoenix Police Department's Vehicular Crime Unit shifted through debris from a hit and run accident that left a 33-year-old woman dead.
"More than likely the driver did not navigate the turn coming up to North Valley Parkway," said Lt. Eric Pagone with the Phoenix Police Department.
A 9-1-1 call reporting the accident came in around 2 in the morning. According to detectives, two transients, a man and a woman were pushing a grocery cart in the bicycle lane, the car was heading in the same direction.
"I'm told she was walking closer to the roadway, he was closer to the curb, so he was likely missed by inches," said Sgt. Jonathan Howard.
Police say after the accident the driver headed out on Norterra and took a left turn onto North Valley Parkway. The car believed to have been involved in the deadly crash was found less than a mile away.
"While the officers were still on the scene, the person that we've identified as certainly being responsible for the car last night based on conversations with the owners of that vehicle, returned to the scene," said Howard.
Police confirmed with the vehicle owner that their 23-year-old son usually drove the car. The young man was taken downtown and questioned and later arrested.