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Updated Jun 29, 2012 - 10:15 pm

Child killed in hit-and-run case in Chandler

An 11-year-old child was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Friday, police said.

The child was struck near the intersection of Arizona Avenue and Knox Road while traveling in a southbound lane. The driver then fled the area.

"The driver of this vehicle hit the child," said Chandler Police Sgt. Joseph Farvazzo. "From what we understand, [the driver] drove past the point of impact, stopped, got out of the vehicle briefly and then left the scene."

Arizona Avenue was closed southbound between Warner and Ray Roads and was restricted northbound. It was fully reopened around 5:00 p.m. Friday.

Police said they have found the suspect vehicle, a Dodge Ram quad-cab pickup truck, near an apartment complex near Alma School Road and Chandler Boulevard and questioned the driver.

Authorities say 24-year-old Ronnie Chavez later returned to the accident scene with his father and was arrested.

The Chandler resident has been booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of failure to stop for an accident involving death.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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