Anchorage police arrest suspect in fatal hit-and-run crash

November 12, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 71-year-old man has been arrested in the fatal hit-and-run of a female pedestrian in east Anchorage.

Ruti Malietufa was held Sunday on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident with failure to render aid, a felony, Anchorage police announced.

He remained jailed Monday at Anchorage Correctional Center. Online court records did not list charging documents or his attorney.

Police on Saturday evening took a call involving a woman dead just east of the Anchorage jail. Her name has not been released.

Investigators determined the vehicle involved was a yellow SUV with a business logo on the front door, a black roof rack and an inoperative right headlight. They also had a partial license plate description.

The Anchorage Daily News reported it was the latest in a handful of similar incidents in recent months.

Erin Bailey, 24, was run over by a driver who police said left the scene last month in east Anchorage. His roommate is charged in the case.

Cassandra Tinker, 23, died in June after she was struck while crossing a street in midtown Anchorage. No arrests have been made.

Also in June, Paul Winter, 40, was killed while roller-blading on a sidewalk near downtown Anchorage. Police questioned a driver but no charges have been filed.

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