Woman killed by hit-and-run driver near Mill Avenue in Tempe

Apr 3, 2021, 10:53 AM | Updated: 11:55 am
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(Tempe City Jail mugshot)
(Tempe City Jail mugshot)

PHOENIX — Police arrested a man they say dragged a hit-and-run victim nearly 100 feet to her death in Tempe on Friday night.

According to a release, 40-year-old Raul Meza Portillo struck a 41-year-old woman riding a bicycle near the intersection of Mill Avenue and Baseline Road at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Police said that Portillo was driving a Nissan Titan pick-up truck and hauling a trailer at the time of the crash.

The release also says that Portillo did not stop during the collision and continued driving until the victim was dislodged from underneath the vehicle, nearly 100 feet from the spot of the crash.

Police arrested Portillo at his home later in the day. They said he admitted to being involved in a crash.

He was arrested on second degree murder charges and hit-and-run resulting in death.

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Woman killed by hit-and-run driver near Mill Avenue in Tempe