Police arrest driver in fatal hit and run in Chandler


CHANDLER (AP) — Police in a Phoenix suburb have arrested a 54-year-old woman and recovered a damaged vehicle believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run crash in which a man and his 12-year-old son were killed.

Chandler police said a tip Tuesday night resulted in the arrest early Wednesday of Michelle Ann Hagerman of Tempe on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

Police previously identified the man killed late Monday when crossing a street as 50-year-old Mohammad Misbah Uddin. His son's name was not immediately released.

A police probable-cause statement said investigators located the suspect vehicle after a neighbor of Hagerman who had heard about the crash reported seeing a damaged SUV parked on the street in front of Hagerman's home.

According to the statement, police found "blood evidence" on the vehicle's hood and observed that the vehicle was missing several pieces that were recovered at the crash site.

The statement said Hagerman told police she initially thought she'd hit a dog and stopped, then began walking back to the crash site before getting back in her vehicle and driving off after seeing other people getting out of their cars.

According to the statement, witnesses said the victims were struck by an accelerating vehicle while in a marked crosswalk. The victims were halfway across the street when the light turned green for traffic passing through that part of the intersection, the statement said.