Hit-and-run driver kills woman on Thanksgiving

Police are looking for the person who crashed into woman on Thanksgiving, killing her, then took off.

PHOENIX – Police are looking for the person who crashed into woman on Thanksgiving, killing her, then took off.

Investigators said it happened about 2 a.m. Thursday on Oak Street just west of the intersection at 36th Street.

"A bunch of pounding noises.”

That’s what Jillian Cordova said she heard before going to sleep.

At first, she thought she was hearing things from being so tired. Then, she heard screams.

"It was a girl screaming,” she said she heard, before seeing police lights coming from outside the window.

Vicente Macias Robles has lived on this street for more than 20 years. He said he’s never seen anything like this.

“You could see that she was dragged down the road,” Macias said, pointing to where it happened on the street.

Police responded quickly, with neighbors saying the response was significant, but they didn't arrive there before the driver took off.

"We see so much crazy stuff here,” said Andrea Guerra, who has lived in a home near the crash for seven years.

She says she sees speeders zoom past every day.

“That's the problem: they're not careful,” she said about drivers in the area, claiming she has almost been rear-ended while pulling into her driveway.

This section of Oak Street is a designated bike route, and the speed limit is 30 miles per hour.

Guerra worries about how straight the road is, allowing drivers to pick up speed.

She said she tired to get the city to keep the street safer.

"We have been trying to get petitions to maybe have a speed bump or a roundabout,” she said, but the street remains without any special traffic-control installments.

Now police are looking for the person responsible for taking the life of a woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

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