UPDATE: Man arrested in weekend fatal hit and run in Mesa

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Woman and her kids were in town for wedding

The following news release was sent by the Mesa Police Dept.:

Mesa Traffic Detectives were able to arrest Anthony Joseph Canales, DOB: 07-16-1984 on 10/20/08. Anthony Canales was booked on the following charges: Manslaughter a class 2 felony Leaving the scene of a fatal collision a class 2 felony Aggravated Assault a class 3 felony 4 counts of endangerment class 6 felonies. On10/18/08 at 0108 hours, Anthony Canales was the driver of a motor vehicle involved in a two-vehicle collision.

Anthony was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am southbound on Alma School Rd. in the number one lane. The Grand Am moved right on the roadway into the number two (curb) lane. There was a 2004 Toyota Truck that was southbound in the curb lane. The Grand Am struck the Toyota at the drivers side rear tire. This caused the Toyota to lose control and roll over. There were six occupants in the Toyota Truck.

Two were ejected from the truck. 48-year-old Eloisa Flores was ejected and later died from her injuries. 8-year-old Marco Flores was ejected from the Toyota Truck. He suffered a skull fracture from this collision. Sandra Valdez was pregnant and lost her baby as a result of this collision. A witness who heard the collision saw a Pontiac Grand Am fleeing the area westbound on La Plata. The witness statedthat the passenger headlamp was missing and the vehicle had damage to the front passengers side.

The vehicle was located on La Plata just east of Standage. The vehicle was registered in New Mexico to Alex R. Lovato who was later identified as a passenger in the Grand Am. Through their invesitgation, Detectives were able to identify Anthony Canales as the driver in this tragic fatal collision.