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Hit-And-Run Driver Who Caused Serious Injuries To Stranded Motorist On Interstate 17 Arrested

Suspect Faces Multiple Felony Charges To Include Aggravated Assault

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 -

On Friday, January 18, detectives with the DPS Vehicular Crimes Unit booked Angelica Maria Moreno into jail on several felony charges stemming from a hit-and-run crash involving a stranded vehicle on Interstate 17.

The crash occurred on January 15 as Moreno was driving a white pickup truck along Interstate 17 near the State Route 101. Traveling southbound, she hit a passenger car that was broken down in the HOV lane. Moreno and her passenger immediately ran from the scene but were taken into custody a short time later. Moreno, suspected of being impaired by drugs, suffered only minor injuries but the victim in the case was not so lucky.

The broken down vehicle that was struck by Moreno was being driven by Maria Hurtado-Rodriguez. She was standing in front of that vehicle after it had become disabled in the roadway. She suffered significant injuries to her upper body after her vehicle was hit by Moreno’s. She is expected to survive, but is facing a lengthy recovery.

Moreno was booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office 4th Avenue Jail in Phoenix for fleeing the scene of a serious injury crash, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. Two additional charges are being submitted for aggravated assault relating to the possible impaired driving and serious injuries to Hurtado-Rodrgiuez and the passenger of the white pickup, Joe Valenzuela.