Officials have taken a woman into custody after she allegedly walked away from the scene of a deadly Father’s Day crash in North Hills and proceeded to flee to Mexico, Los Angeles police said Sunday.
LAPD planned to discuss the arrest of Maritza Joana Lara, 27, of Van Nuys, at a Tuesday morning news conference, where a victim’s family member was set to speak.
Lara was apprehended in Mexico before the U.S. Marshals arrested her at the Los Angeles International Airport, LAPD said. L.A. County inmate records indicate Lara was booked on Aug. 17, and that she’s being held on $2,230,000 bail.
The June 16 crash killed Francisco Hernandez Rivas, a 48-year-old father of two teens, and critically injured Lara’s four passengers, according to the Police Department.
LAPD last reported the surviving victims to be in stable condition. Authorities have not disclosed the relationship between Lara and her passengers.
The agency previously released surveillance footage that captured the Lexus sedan Lara was believed to be driving plowing into Rivas’ Nissan SUV.
Remember this horrific fatal hit & run crash? The suspect, Maritza Lara, fled the country but is now in police custody, after being located in Mexico. More details will be provided at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday. https://t.co/k2VqenYFiA
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) August 25, 2019
Lara allegedly exited the Lexus and opened one of the back passenger doors before walking away.
Video from the site of the collision, which happened at around 5:35 a.m. on Haskell Avenue and Parthenia Street, shows multiple empty beer cans inside the Lexus.
Authorities believe she sped through a red light while driving under the influence. Lara has a prior DUI conviction, Detective Lisette Fuentes previously said.