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Motorist killed in Phoenix hit-and-run crash

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(Source: CBS 5 News) Fidel Ortiz, 18, was booked into jail on numerous counts after fleeing the scene of a crash that killed a 51-year-old woman. (Source: CBS 5 News) Fidel Ortiz, 18, was booked into jail on numerous counts after fleeing the scene of a crash that killed a 51-year-old woman.
The collision occurred in the intersection of Pima and 13th Avenue. The collision occurred in the intersection of Pima and 13th Avenue.
The driver of one of the cars fled on foot, but was found a short time later. The driver of one of the cars fled on foot, but was found a short time later.
The driver of the other car was found dead, still strapped in her seatbelt. The driver of the other car was found dead, still strapped in her seatbelt.

A 51-year-old woman was killed in a two-vehicle collision in which the other driver fled the scene before he was taken into custody, Phoenix police said.

Sara M. Esparza died despite wearing a seat when the Saturn she was driving was struck by a speeding Dodge Charger in the intersection of Pima and 13th Avenue at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Fidel Ortiz, 18, the suspected driver of the Charger, was arrested and booked into jail on one count of manslaughter, one count of leaving the scene of a fatal traffic collision and one count of aggravated DUI for driving with a revoked or suspended license, according to Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department.

"As soon as the collision occurred, the driver of the other vehicle fled," Crump said. 

Police said he took off on foot. They found him, suffering from slight injuries, a short time later hiding in the backyard of a relative's house near the scene of the accident. 

Investigators said they don't know why the driver left the scene.

Crump said officers found signs that Ortiz had recently used marijuana.

"This is a residential neighborhood with a 25 mph speed limit," Crump said. "There are indications from witnesses that he may have been doing twice that speed."

Crump said the victim was found still strapped in her seatbelt.

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