Woman arrested for fatal hit-and-run in Peoria was 'dazed' from meds

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by Natalie Rivers and Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on November 11, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 12 at 9:52 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. -- A woman arrested in the hit-and-run death of a Peoria teen said she was "dazed" from medications.

Joey Romero, 18, was hit by a Chevy Trailblazer as he was walking home from his job at a 99-cent Only Store near Thunderbird Road and 83rd Avenue on Oct. 29. The driver left the scene.

Romero later died from his injuries.

Tips led Peoria police to Laura Flanders' home near Cave Creek Road and Greenway Parkway in Phoenix where they located the SUV.

The vehicle was impounded as evidence and Flanders, 23, was taken to the Peoria Police Department for questioning.

According to court documents released Friday, Flanders was unaware of her location as she drove her vehicle onto the sidewalk at 42 mph and hit Romero. Flanders reportedly said she knew she hit something but thought it was a tree, pole or bush.

According to the documents, Flanders was taking medications and disregarded instructions not to drive. Police said Flanders was so heavily medicated that she drank nail polish until realizing what it was and spitting it out onto her friend's floor.

"I was too dazed," Flanders told police. "I probably should not have been driving."

Wednesday afternoon, Flanders was booked and charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of a collision.

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