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Arrest made in hit-and-run that killed mother of two

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Christopher Chevalier Christopher Chevalier
Anna Blaze Anna Blaze
PHOENIX -

A suspect has been arrested in a hit-and-run case that killed a woman earlier this month. Police announced Thursday afternoon that they have made an arrest in the case.

The victim was hit while walking on the sidewalk with a friend near 11th street and Northern.

Late Wednesday night, after family members put out a heartfelt plea for information, police got a tip from a witness.

"She didn't deserve to be hit like an animal... I'm going to plead to the man in the red car, if you don't have a heart... please please come forward. How can you do this?" says Angelina Blaze, the victim's sister-in-law.

That witness was someone who saw him driving the car, and that was the break they'd been looking for.

Police say 45-year-old Christopher Chevalier is the hit-and-run driver they'd been searching for. He arrested at work Thursday morning. He works for an IT security company in Scottsdale.

"I turned to my brother and said they got him, they got him, it was a very emotional time," says Angelina.

Detectives called Angelina Blaze Thursday morning to tell her they'd arrested the man who hit and killed her sister-in-law Anna Blaze. Blaze was walking on the sidewalk when police say Chevalier ran over her and kept going. Police believe Chevalier was drinking. Anna Blaze died at the hospital that night.

She leaves behind a 14-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son.

"Every day to look at her two kids and explain to them that momma's not with them anymore is so hard," says Angelina.

The day after the hit-and-run, Chevalier walked into police headquarters with his attorney. Police say he turned over his Red Spider Alfa Romeo, but it had been cleaned and the windshield removed.

Investigators say chevalier refused to say anything to them including who was driving the car. Wednesday night, detectives got a tip from a witness. That witness told police they saw Chevalier driving the car and picked him out of a line up.

"I don't know how that person did what he did, but in my heart I know that justice will prevail."

Police are talking about the details of what exactly that witness saw. Chevalier is facing possible charges of manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal crash and tampering with evidence.

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