Early on this Saturday morning in Phoenix, Arizona, a pedestrian woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident.
Phoenix Police Department spokesman, Lieutenant Steve Roser, said that emergency dispatch operators received a call at 12:15 a.m. regarding a woman who had been hit by a car, the driver fleeing from the scene.
Multiple eyewitnesses told police that the pedestrian woman had taken her clothes off and ran into the street. Some stated that she sat or lay in the middle of the road, before a blue car hit her.
According to police, the driver initially stopped, but fled in an eastbound direction when officers came to the scene.
Lt. Roser informed that when police arrived on the scene, they found the 37-year-old woman lying in the roadway with severe injuries. She weas taken to Maricopa County Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
The description of the crash suspect's vehicle aided the police investigation, and the Toyota Yaris was located at 37th Street and Verde Lane.
The alleged driver of the Toyota, identified as 43-year-old Aimee Butel, was taken into custody. Police indicated that Butel showed signs of impairment, and she was booked into jail on charges of leaving the scene of a fatal traffic collision and DUI.
At the scene, authorities reportedly found a piece of clothing and a pair of white shoes.
As an accident lawyer in Phoenix, it is always tough to hear news like this, in which a life was lost in such a tragic way.
This is certainly a strange story, and it is not clear as of this time why the pedestrian woman stripped down in the street.
That the driver left the scene after the collision is very troubling, and if reports of DUI turn out to be true, you could that avoiding consequences could likely have been her motive.
Our Phoenix accident law firm offers our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the woman who lost her life in this incident.