Suspected hit-and-run driver arrested
- Jim Redden
- Portland Tribune - News
Ashley Simone Chavez accused of killing Nancy Schoeffler
The suspected driver in the hit-and-run accident that killed 63-year-old woman in Portland in March has been arrested.
Ashley Simone Chavez, 23, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday afternoon. Marshals reportedly observed her walking out of a Red Robin restaurant, then apprehended her while she was getting into a vehicle with a male driver, the U.S. Marshals Service reports.
Authorities have been actively search for Chavez since she was identified earlier this week as the alleged driver who struck and killed Nancy Schoeffler while she was crossing West Burnside Street on March 31. Portland police initially reported that Chavez may be hiding in Colorado.
Chavez was wanted on felony warrants of second-degree manslaughter, hit-and-run, tampering with physical evidence and driving under the influence of intoxicants, all out of Multnomah County.
On Monday, officers arrested Angela Kaps-Collins, 43. She is accused of being a passenger in the car at the time of the crash.
Detectives believed Kaps-Collins stored the vehicle involved in the crash in a barn in rural Clackamas County. The car, along with other evidence, was seized from the property, sources told KOIN Local 6.
Collins is charged with tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution.
KOIN Local 6 contributed to this story.