Woman In Australia Arrested For Hit-And-Run Accident In The USA

The idea that you can never escape the long arm of the law was definitely proven when the suspect of a 2017 hit-and-run crash in Los Angeles was extradited from Australia to face the charges against her.

CBS Local in Los Angeles reports that 35-year-old Andrea Dorthy Chan Reyes has been returned to  California after the FBI helped the Whittier Police Department obtain an international warrant for Reyes arrest.  

 Investigators identified Reyes as the driver in a hit-and-run accident that happened on January 30, 2017, that killed 46-year-old Augustin Rodriguez Jr. 

Officials say that Reyes struck Rodriguez with her white Lexus sedan and then fled the scene of the accident. The vehicle was later located in a residential garage in Idaho, while other evidence connected to the fatal crash was found in Nevada.

Reyes fled the U.S. and initially took up residence in Hong Kong. Federal investigators later discovered she had moved from Hong Kong to Australia. Law enforcement in Australia found and placed Reyes under arrest.

After a long and potentially frustrating extradition process, Australian authorities turned custody of Reyes to the U.S. Marshall’s Service to be returned to the U.S.  Reyes arrived at the Van Nuys Airport Thursday, where she was turned over to officers with the Whittier Police Department.

Reyes is facing the charge of felony hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter, and other related charges. 

A judge has set Reyes bond at $1 million.

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