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Police arrest man in connection with hit-and-run death in St. George

Police arrest man in connection with hit-and-run death in St. George

(Washington County Jail)



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ST. GEORGE — Police arrested a man Tuesday night who they say struck and killed a woman in St. George before fleeing Saturday night.

Arturo Morales Garcia, 36, was arrested and booked into Washington County Jail on suspicion of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, St. George police officer Lona Trombley said [in a Facebook live video Wednesday.](<https://www.facebook.com/sgcitypubsafety/videos/1763556483677836/ target=_blank>)

Garcia was also arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended or revoked license, interlock device violation, driving as an alcohol-restricted driver and was being held for immigration customs, according to jail records.

The arrest is in relation to a hit-and-run crash that killed 53-year-old Bettina Abraham, 53, of St. George. Abraham was found dead near 680 N. Dixie Drive around 8 p.m. Saturday, according to Trombley.

Police said it appeared that Abraham was pushing a cart on the east side of Dixie Drive at the time of the crash. Evidence suggested the vehicle sustained damage to its front but managed to leave the scene.

Trombley said after several interviews and collecting evidence from the scene, they were able to determine a make and model of the vehicle they believed struck Abraham, which later led officers to Garcia.

“Physical evidence, witness statements and interviews resulted in the arrest of Arturo Garcia,” she said.

Garcia was being held on $7,000 bail in relation to the counts related to the crash, according to the Washington County Jail’s website.

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