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Pedestrian struck, killed in hit-and-run accident

Taylor Higgins, Simone Del Rosario

Pedestrian struck, killed in hit-and-run accident

By Taylor Higgins, Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Aug 10, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 11, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A woman is dead and a teenager is behind bars following a pedestrian hit-and-run accident that occurred late Friday night.

Sgt. Maria Hawke with the Tucson Police Department tells KGUN9 that officers responded to East Irvington Road and South Fremont Avenue at around 11:00 p.m. after someone called 9-1-1 to report that a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle.

Once on scene, police located a woman, 29-year-old Angelic Monica Barnes, suffering from life-threatening injuries, according to Hawke.

Emergency medical personnel transported Barnes to the hospital, where she died as a result of her injuries, Hawke said.

Detectives determined that Barnes was walking southbound on East Irvington Road just west of the intersection with South Fremont Avenue, according to Hawke.

According to police, she was not in a crosswalk. Police said the vehicle struck Barnes while she was in the roadway, but continued traveling eastbound after striking her without stopping or slowing. 

"I would like to say to the person that did this to please come forward and turn yourself in," said Barnes' grieving mother, Carolina Samorano. "My daughter was a great daughter and she did not deserve to die."

Police tell Nine On Your Side one of the driver's relatives turned her in Saturday after noticing the damaged vehicle. Police said 18-year-old Rebecca Valenzuela is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, a Class 2 felony.

Police said Valenzuela also had two passengers in the van at the time of the crash. The passengers have not been charged. 

"She had so much to live for, and now she's gone," Samorano said. 

The family told Nine On Your Side they want to face the driver in court. 

Reporter: Simone Del Rosario