Late on Sunday in Chandler, Arizona, a three women were arrested in relation to a hit-and-run accident which followed an alleged shoplifting incident.
Chandler Police Department officials stated that the incident started when 28-year-old Raychel Ann Rossel drove 25-year-olds Renay Lewis and Reece Gonzales to the 7-Eleven on Arizona Avenue, south of Ray Road. Police suspect that Gonzales then stole two cases of beer and the took off in the van with Rossel behind the wheel.
Rossel was reportedly driving the van at a high rate of speed onto Arizona Avenue when she T-boned another vehicle.
Court documents indicate that one officer stated he heard the loud noise of the impact, and upon investigation, witnessed the driver of van, which was heavily damaged, trying to leave the scene.
That officer caught up with and pulled over the van near Ray Road, detaining Rossel and one of the passengers after having then exit the vehicle at gunpoint.
The officer also found three young children and one of the other adult passenger in the van. He informed that two of the kids were not properly restrained in the vehicle.
The three women were taken into custody and booked into Fourth Avenue Jail, Rossel for endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident, Lewis for shoplifting and providing false information to law enforcement, and Gonzales for shoplifting and possesion of drug paraphernilia.
Police revealed that two of the children were given over to family members, and that the third was turned over to Child Protective Services.
As a Phoenix accident lawyer, these kinds of stories are upsetting to see.
That these women would commit this act is bad enough, but with children aboard, it makes it even more disturbing to hear. Especially given that one or more of these women is likely to be the mother of these children, it really makes you wonder how these choices could have been made.
Our accident law firm in Phoenix will keep you updated on this case as it unfolds, and it is fortunate indeed that noone was seriously hurt in this incident.