Police arrest driver in fatal Muldoon Road hit-and-run
A 22-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run collision that claimed a man’s life late Saturday.
Caitlin Forbes was identified as the driver of the Dodge Neon that struck and killed 49-year-old Brian Ballot on Muldoon Road near East 5th Avenue, according to police spokeswoman Renee Oistad.
Police had released a statement Monday afternoon that evidence left at the scene suggested Ballot had been struck by a 2003 to 2005 Dodge Neon fitted with after-market headlights. About 15 minutes after that statement was released, police received an anonymous tip that a yellow 2003 Dodge Neon was parked on the 7700 block of Boundary Avenue.
An investigator determined that the Neon was involved in the collision, then learned Forbes -- the vehicle's owner -- was at her parents’ home in south Anchorage. He headed there and took Forbes into custody.
Oistad declined to discuss Tuesday how police learned Forbes was at her parents' home, or what if anything Forbes said about the collision when she was taken into custody pending further investigation.
“As of now Forbes has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident without assisting the injured,” Oistad wrote. “As more search warrants are served, and additional evidence is collected, it is highly likely that Forbes will face additional charges.”
Police thanked “the citizen who stepped forward and helped in the collection of evidence vital to solving this crime.”