Brother of woman accused in fatal hit-and-run arrested

Brother of woman accused in fatal hit-and-run arrested »Play Video
Josh Chavez.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A third person was arrested Tuesday in connection with a deadly hit-and-run crash on West Burnside that killed a local mother.

Josh Chavez, the brother of Ashley Chavez, who is already in custody, was arrested by Portland police on charges of tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution, police said.

Josh Chavez, 24, was arrested at his home in Sherwood, police said. He will be arraigned in Multnomah County court Wednesday.

He’s being held on $7,500 bond.

Police allege Ashley Chavez, 23, was the driver who hit and killed Nancy Schoeffler on the night of March 31 in the 2800 block of West Burnside and then fled the scene. Josh Chavez was not in the car at the time of the crash, police said.

Schoeffler was a 63-year-old mother and caregiver. Police first arrested who they say was the passenger of the car 43-year-old Angela Dawn Kaps-Collins. Then last week police tracked Ashley Chavez down to a motel in Bellingham, Wash. They say they feared she was preparing to flee into Canada.

Tuesday afternoon she agreed to be extradited to Oregon.

In addition to the deadly hit-and-run, Ashley Chavez and Kaps-Collins are suspected of trying to hide the car that hit Schoeffler. Neighbors told police they saw work being done on the car and that parts were being swapped out.