York woman charged with felony hit and run, court docs say

Staff Writer

A York County woman was charged after sheriff’s office deputies say she hit an SUV with her car and injured the driver before driving off.

Kathleen Cruz-Diaz, 40, has been charged with hit and run with failure to render assistance, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended or revoked license, refusal to take a breathalyzer test, operating an uninsured vehicle and failure to abide by a traffic signal, according to documents filed in York-Poquoson General District Court.

On Nov. 30 at 6:14 p.m., sheriff’s office deputies were called to a hit and run at the intersection of Bypass Road and Route 132, the filings said.

The investigating officer saw a 1999 Jeep, which had extensive damage, and the driver was injured, according to the filings.

Witnesses at the crash told the deputy they’d seen an older Ford Focus turn in front of and hit the Jeep before driving off, the filings said. Witnesses told the officer the license plate number for the Ford and that they’d followed the vehicle to Merrimac Trail apartments.

When deputies stopped by the apartments, they found Cruz-Diaz standing outside the Ford, according to the filings. Deputies detained Cruz-Diaz and read her Miranda rights.

Cruz-Diaz then told deputies she was scared because she knew there was a warrant out for her arrest in Williamsburg and she had a suspended license, the court filings said. She told the deputies she was driving the Ford at the time of the crash and didn’t drink any alcohol after the crash.

Cruz-Diaz told the deputies she’d had one blue margarita at a local restaurant, according to the filings. Deputies administered field sobriety tests and Cruz-Diaz showed signs of impairment on all of them.

Initially, Cruz-Diaz refused to take a breathalyzer test, but upon arrival at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail she blew a .12 blood alcohol content level.

Cruz-Diaz was booked at 8:58 p.m. that night at the jail where she has remained since, according to jail records. Her next appearance in York-Poquoson General District Court will be at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2019.

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