DESERT AIRE - A woman accused of leaving her critically injured passenger at the scene of a crash in Desert Aire reportedly told investigators she returned to the scene but again fled after seeing her friend loaded into an ambulance.
Vivian E. Duarte, 24, is charged in Grant County Superior Court with vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run in connection to the June 6 crash.
Duarte reportedly told investigators she was at her boyfriend’s house when her friend, Mireya Anaya, showed up and needed a ride home because she was intoxicated, according to court records.
Duarte, driving her boyfriend’s 2001 Ford Focus, was on Desert Aire Drive at Oasis Place when she reportedly failed to negotiate a corner. The car went off the road before rolling, ejecting both Duarte and her passenger.
Duarte told investigators she tried to move Anaya before witnesses told her stop because she appeared seriously injured. Witnesses say Duarte then ran toward a nearby mini-mart and was not seen again.
Duarte told investigators she had ran to find help. She claims she later returned to the scene but fled again.
Deputies received a call from Duarte’s mother two days later and Duarte turned herself in.
Anaya was taken to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. Investigators say she was intubated and on a ventilator, and also sustained a broken clavicle, broken back and fractured ribs.