Phoenix Police makes arrests in connection to deadly hit-and-run of GCU student

Police announced they've made arrests in connection to a 2018 hit-and-run crash that left a Grand Canyon University student dead.

On April 8, 2018, 21-year-old Taylor White was jogging with a 17-year-old teen in the crosswalk near 31st Avenue and Camelback Road when a white-colored SUV ran a red light and hit White.

"From what we were told by police, they believe a vehicle swerved around another vehicle heading westbound on Camelback and immediately hit Taylor," said Taylor's father, Nate White.

Taylor White

Taylor White (Phoenix Police Department)

White was pronounced dead at the scene by firefighters. The teen who was with White was not injured.

On Thursday, Phoenix Police announced the arrests of Adrian Favela and Barringtina Mathis.

Favela is facing second-degree murder charges, while Mathis is accused of obstruction and arson.

Police had released surveillance video of the SUV involved and found the car, but were not able to make an arrest until this year.

Adrian Favela and Barringtina Mathis

Adrian Favela and Barringtina Mathis

White's parents expressed gratitude that officers did not give up on the case.

"This is every parent's worst nightmare," said White's mother. "For three years knowing who was responsible for this and not being able to move forward with justice - we are so grateful to Phoenix PD for their ongoing work."

Officials said the arrests were made based on forensic and digital evidence along with witness testimony.

"We'll never get Taylor back," said the victim's father. "It won't bring closure, but it will bring justice, and justice goes a long way."

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