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Mesa police arrest suspect in hit-and-run involving 4-year-old

Posted 8/9/22

Mesa police have arrested a 48-year-old woman as the suspect in a hit-and-run that sent a 4-year-old girl to the hospital Sunday afternoon.

The girl was injured about 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, by a …

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FIRST RESPONDERS

Mesa police arrest suspect in hit-and-run involving 4-year-old

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Mesa police have arrested a 48-year-old woman as the suspect in a hit-and-run that sent a 4-year-old girl to the hospital Sunday afternoon.

The girl was injured about 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, by a silver four-door passenger car at the intersection of Main Street and Lesueur, and the driver left the scene, according to police

The girl was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for a brain bleed, broken ribs, a punctured lung, facial lacerations and facial fractures, police said, adding she is expected to survive.

Mesa officers said they relied on witnesses and video surveillance to identify the vehicle and driver.

On Monday, Aug. 8, officers found a silver 2014 Hyundai that matched the description of the suspect vehicle at an apartment complex at 33 S. Ashland in Mesa.

“The vehicle was parked in a designated parking spot, which led officers to the corresponding apartment, where officers spoke to 48-year-old Veronica Laprada,” police stated in a release.

Laprada was identified as the registered owner of the Hyundai, and the driver of the vehicle at the time of collision, police said.

She was booked into jail for failing to remain on the scene of a serious physical injury collision, a class 3 felony.