Palina Khastal mug shot

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said 27-year-old Palina Khastal is facing a charge of failure to remain at the scene of a fatal collision.

PHOENIX (AP) — A Peoria woman has been cited in a car crash that killed one pedestrian and seriously injured another in Phoenix earlier this week, police said.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said 27-year-old Palina Khastal is facing a charge of failure to remain at the scene of a fatal collision.

They said 28-year-old Noella Gastelum of Phoenix was declared dead at the scene after being struck by a car along Interstate 17 about 2:45 a.m. Monday. A 30-year-old woman was injured.

DPS officials said it’s unclear why the two pedestrians were along the freeway at the time.

A probable cause statement shows Khastal told Phoenix police that she was driving home after meeting friends at the time of the collision.

The Arizona Republic reports that the woman has a suspended license.

DPS officials said impairment is not a factor in the fatal crash.

It was unclear Wednesday if Khastal has a lawyer for her case.

 

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