3 year old killed in Mesa parking lot by hit-and-run driver

[Updated 7/8: victim  is 3 year old Jaqueline Monroe-Mendoza; police are processing two potential suspect vehicles, a white Chevrolet Suburban and a large white pickup, and have a “person of interest” and so far no arrests have been made. This story makes plain the collision occurred in the apratment’s parking lot azcentral.com]

Sunday July 6, 2014. 2pm. Near Alma School Road and Rio Salado Parkway in Mesa “struck by a large vehicle traveling through the parking lot”.

Will there be a Crash Report? or is this Non-Traffic, possibly because it happened in a parking lot (that wouldn’t affect the hit-and-run charges in any event)?

A 3-year-old girl died after a hit-and-run incident that occurred near Alma School Road and Rio Salado Parkway in Mesa around 2 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Mesa Police Department.

The girl and her family were returning to the Riverview on Rio Salado apartment complex when the girl was struck by a large vehicle traveling through the parking lot, said Sgt. Tony Landato, a Mesa police spokesman.

Landato said that certain mannerisms of the driver indicated he knew the incident occurred, but, without stopping, he sped off down the street.

The girl was transported to a local hospital, where she later died from her injuries, according to Landato.

Mesa police announced a car believed to possibly be involved in the incident was apprehended Sunday evening and officials are awaiting a search warrant for the vehicle. Police also questioned a person of interest in the homicide Sunday evening, and the man was released later, Landato said. –azcentral.com

One thought on “3 year old killed in Mesa parking lot by hit-and-run driver”

  1. Why does the media continue to call these assaults by the name ‘accident’ when they are nothing of the sort. I’ve read/heard that if it’s avoidable or predictable, it’s not an accident. I cannot think of any automobile collision that is an accident by that definition, when it involves a driver and another human or more not in the vehicle.

    The worst aspect of a hit-and-run incident is that too many drivers are discovering that unless a witness can place the driver at the scene, in operation of the motor vehicle, it’s too often an empty result.

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