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Police announce arrest, seek second woman in fatal Burnside hit-and-run

Posted: Updated: May 30, 2012 05:39 PM
Ashley Chavez (left) and Angela Kaps-Collins (right) Ashley Chavez (left) and Angela Kaps-Collins (right)
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Nancy Schoeffler Nancy Schoeffler
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland police said they have made an arrest and are looking for a second woman in a hit-and-run crash on West Burnside that killed 63-year-old Nancy Schoeffler earlier this spring.

Schoeffler was struck and killed March 31. When police arrived in the 2800 block of West Burnside that night, they found she had already died of her injuries.

Officers arrested Angela Kaps-Collins, of Corbett, on Monday in connection with the case. She was a passenger in the car that hit Schoeffler, police said, and faces charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence.

Law enforcement sources say she's suspected of scheming with the driver to cover up damage done to the suspected vehicle, which was taken to Kaps-Collins' house in Corbett for repairs, according to the investigation.

"They had it parked in front of the garage, working on it, swapping parts out with another Honda," said Justin Bute, Kaps-Collins' neighbor.

Bute said he saw police tow away the car after serving a search warrant at the home.

Police believe the driver was Ashley Chavez, but they have not yet been able to locate and arrest her. The district attorney's office said that once police arrest Chavez, she will face charges of manslaughter, hit-and-run and DUII.

Law enforcement sources confirm the two women are believed to be co-workers who had been drinking before and after a Portland Timbers soccer match on March 31, the night of the crash.

Traffic investigators said Schoeffler was crossing Burnside on foot when she was hit by the car that fled the area westbound on Burnside.

In the days that followed, detectives learned two women were seen arguing at the QFC parking lot on Barnes Road. That's about two miles west of the crash location.

Police offered a $1,000 reward for information that led to an arrest and conviction. Kaps-Collins was found based on tips from Crime Stoppers and media coverage, police said.

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland police said they have made an arrest and are looking for a second woman in a hit-and-run crash on West Burnside that killed 63-year-old Nancy Schoeffler earlier this spring.

Schoeffler was struck and killed March 31. When police arrived in the 2800 block of West Burnside that night, they found she had already died of her injuries.

Officers arrested Angela Kaps-Collins, of Corbett, on Monday in connection with the case. She was a passenger in the car that hit Schoeffler, police said, and faces charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence.

Law enforcement sources say she's suspected of scheming with the driver to cover up damage done to the suspected vehicle which was taken to Kaps-Collins house in Corbett for repairs, according to the investigation.

"They had it parked in front of the garage, working on it, swapping parts out with another Honda," said Kaps-Collins neighbor Justin Bute.

Bute said he saw police tow away the car after serving a search warrant at the home.

Police believe the driver was Ashley Chavez, but they have not yet been able to locate and arrest her. The District Attorney's Office says once arrest Chavez will face charges including manslaughter, hit-and-run and DUII.

Law enforcement sources confirm  the two women are believed to be co-workers who had been drinking before and after a Portland Timbers Soccer Match on March 31, the night of the crash.

Traffic investigators said Schoeffler was crossing Burnside on foot when she was hit by the car that fled the area westbound on Burnside.

In the days that followed, detectives learned two women were seen arguing at the QFC parking lot on Barnes Road. That's about two miles west of the crash location.

Police offered a $1,000 reward for information that led to an arrest and conviction. Kaps-Collins was found based on tips from Crime Stoppers and media coverage, police said.

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