EL PASO, Texas - Special traffic investigators arrested and charged 24-year old Joel Velazquez with Accident Involving Death for the Thanksgiving day hit-and-run death of Amanda Weyant (Ferguson), El Paso Police said.
Velazquez was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility with a bond of $150,000.
Friday, police identified Weyant, 28, as the pedestrian killed by the alleged hit-and-run driver.
Police said Velasquez struck and killed Weyant at 1:45 a.m. on November 22, 2018 at Mesa and Cincinnati, police said. Weyant was using a crosswalk when she was struck, police said.
The vehicle suspected of striking Weyant, a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier, was abandoned farther east on the 1300 block of Cincinnati, police said. The vehicle had damage to its hood and a shattered windshield. Investigators dusted the vehicle for fingerprints.
A longtime family friend of Weyant told ABC-7 Weyant was a sixth grade teacher at Eastwood Heights Elementary. The Ysleta Independent School District confirmed Weymant had been with the district five years.
A district spokesperson said grief counselors will be on site at Eastwood Heights to help students, faculty and staff cope with the tragic death.