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Hit and run driver arrested after witness follows and blocks in vehicle

Posted at 10:28 AM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 10:28:32-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- A Cape Coral woman is in jail after being accused of hitting a pedestrian and fleeing the scene Tuesday evening.

Police say the victim, an 88-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital with possible life-threatening injuries.

It happened at 6:15 p.m. on Cape Coral Parkway at SE 8th Court. Cape Coral Police say 24-year-old Andrea Paredes was driving eastbound and attempted to make a u-turn at the intersection as traffic cleared. That's when the victim attempted to cross Cape Coral Parkway and was hit by Paredes' SUV and pinned to a westbound pickup truck.

Police say Paredes fled the scene eastbound on Cape Coral Parkway, but was followed by a witness to the crash. That witness provided police with the suspect's location and direction, and managed to block her vehicle in on Country Club Boulevard near Veterans Parkway.

Paredes was arrested and charged with Failing to stop or remain at a crash scene involving injury, Failing to stop or remain at a crash scene involving property damage, and Driving while license suspended with knowledge.

She was later transferred to Lee County Jail, where she remains in custody on no bond.