Officials have taken a woman into custody after she allegedly walked away from the scene of a deadly Father’s Day crash in North Hills, Los Angeles, California, and fled to Mexico, police said.
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) planned to discuss the arrest of Maritza Joana Lara, 27, of Van Nuys, at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday morning, Aug. 27, KTLA reported.
Lara was apprehended in Mexico before the United States Marshals arrested her at the Los Angeles International Airport, LAPD said. Los Angeles County inmate records indicate Lara was booked on Aug. 17, and that she’s being held on $2.23 million bail.
The crash that happened on June 16, 2019, killed Francisco Hernandez Rivas, 48, a father of two, and critically injured Lara’s four passengers, according to the Police Department.
The agency previously released surveillance footage showing the fatal collision, in which the driver plowed into an SUV, lifted the vehicle up and sent it flipping into a parked truck before it slammed into a tree and landed on its roof in the front yard of a home in North Hills.
Rivas’s SUV was launched into the air on impact and flipped upside down. A traffic light was also knocked down in the collision.
Remember this horrific fatal hit & run crash? The suspect, Maritza Lara, fled the country but is now in police custody, after being located in Mexico. More details will be provided at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday. https://t.co/k2VqenYFiA
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) August 25, 2019
Lara allegedly exited her Lexus and opened one of the back passenger doors before walking away.
LAPD last reported the passengers to be in stable condition. Authorities have not disclosed the relationship between Lara and her passengers.
Video from the site of the collision, which happened at around 5:35 a.m. showed multiple empty beer cans inside the Lexus.
Lara was accused of running a red light while driving under the influence. Lara has a prior DUI conviction, Detective Lisette Fuentes previously said.
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