ARIZONA NEWS

Suspect in fatal hit-and-run at Glendale canal taken into custody

Apr 8, 2021, 9:36 AM
Rudy Valdez Herrera (Maricopa County Sheriff's Department Mugshot)...
Rudy Valdez Herrera (Maricopa County Sheriff's Department Mugshot)
(Maricopa County Sheriff's Department Mugshot)

PHOENIX – A man suspected of causing a recent fatal hit-and-run crash near a canal in Glendale has been arrested, authorities said.

Rudy Valdez Herrera, 23, of Phoenix was booked Wednesday, accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident at 99th and Maryland avenues, the Glendale Police Department said. He surrendered earlier in the day.

He could face more charges in the March 30 death of Leauna Christensen, 50, Officer Tiffany Ngula said in an email.

Witnesses told police he had walked away from the crash site.

Herrera left his wallet in the car, police said. They found him at home.

Investigators had learned a dark-colored sedan heading westbound on Maryland Avenue went through a red light and ran into a pick-up truck traveling southbound on 99th Avenue.

Christensen’s truck was hit so hard it rolled and landed in the canal. The Phoenix woman was the only person in the vehicle.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)...
KTAR.com

Mesa police fatally shoot man who allegedly drove into patrol vehicle

Police shot and killed a man who allegedly drove into a patrol vehicle outside a Mesa convenience store early Wednesday.
10 hours ago
President Joe Biden speaks about manufacturing jobs and the economy at SK Siltron CSS, a computer c...
KTAR.com

President Joe Biden schedules visit to Phoenix for next week

President Joe Biden will visit a Phoenix microchip plant next week to tout his economic plan, the White House announced Wednesday.
10 hours ago
(Twitter File Photo/@PhoenixPolice)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix police fatally shoot robbery suspect after car chase

Police in Phoenix said they fatally shot an armed robbery suspect after a car chase late Tuesday night.
10 hours ago
(AP Photo/Matt York, File)...
SuElen Rivera

Former Arizona AG says not certifying an election is a criminal violation

Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard on Tuesday said there are criminal consequences for those who neglect to certify an election.
10 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Mici Italian)...
KTAR.com

Mici Italian restaurant to open second Valley location in Queen Creek

Colorado-based restaurant Mici Italian is preparing to open its second Valley location in Queen Creek sometime during the winter. 
10 hours ago
(Photo by Jeff Topping/Getty Images)...
KTAR.com

Palo Verde nuclear power plant west of Phoenix to test emergency sirens

Emergency sirens designed to alert nearby residents of a problem at the nuclear power plant far west of downtown Phoenix will be tested Wednesday, officials said.
10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...
DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
Suspect in fatal hit-and-run at Glendale canal taken into custody