Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s Lake Patrol deputies say a male pedestrian was struck and seriously injured on his birthday, Monday, May 25, by an impaired driver.
The victim, Juan Navarette, 54, remains in the Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center in critical condition and may have to have his arm amputated due to the injuries he sustained, MCSO Deputy Joaquin Enriquez said in a press release.
The driver, Blanca Hernandez, 18, of Chandler, was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on charges of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident and aggravated assault, class 2 and 3 felonies, Deputy Enriquez said.
“The hit and run occurred at 7:45 p.m. (Memorial Day) when Hernandez, the driver of a Ford passenger vehicle going westbound on the Bush Highway … veered off the road and struck Juan Navarette who was walking on the roadway shoulder,” Deputy Enriquez said in the release.
“Deputies say she fled the scene but was apprehended by deputies within 10 minutes in the area of Ellsworth and McDowell Roads,” he said in the release. “She was evaluated by the drug recognition expert and determined to have a .044 PBT,” Deputy Enriquez said of a preliminary breath test from a device that tests blood alcohol concentration. “The expert believes she was impaired by a combination of alcohol, marijuana and central nervous system depressants,” he said in the release.
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