Hit-and-run driver arrested in motorcyclist's death: Phoenix PD

A suspect has been arrested in connection to a hit-and-run crash late last year that left a motorcycle rider dead in Phoenix last December.

The crash happened on Dec. 14 near 13th Street and Thunderbird Road. Phoenix Police say when officers got to the scene, they found 31-year-old Katerina Penrose with serious injuries. She later died at the hospital.

Investigators say Penrose was heading westbound on Thunderbird Road when a car turned left in front of her, "causing her to take evasive maneuvers, resulting in the collision."

On Feb. 4, police announced that 73-year-old Paula Miller was arrested on Jan. 29 in connection to the crash.

Miller was booked into jail and is accused of multiple charges, including leaving the scene of a deadly accident.

The victim's husband, David Kelso, is thankful an arrest has been made but says this could have been much different if she stayed on the scene.

According to the police report, a search warrant was served at Miller's home. The car involved was found in the garage and there was visible damage consistent with being involved in a crash.

"I am very thankful for the amount of work that Phoenix PD did, very detailed, to get to the point where they were able to legally arrest her and place her in jail," Kelso said.

Police say Miller's cell phone data shows her phone at the scene of the crash.

"It would have been completely different if she would have stopped at the accident scene and handled everything that way. unfortunately, her actions show her own mindset," he said.

Kelso remembers his wife fondly as he continues to grieve.

He said, "The first time I ever met my wife, she was riding. It was a group ride and we came across each other and from there we started dating."

Paula Miller

Paula Miller

Map of where the crash happened