Chavez pleads not guilty, another arrest made in fatal hit-and-run

Chavez pleads not guilty, another arrest made in fatal hit-and-run »Play Video
Ashley Chavez appears in court Wednesday. She pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The woman accused in a hit-and-run accident that killed a woman walking on West Burnside in March pleaded not guilty to manslaughter Wednesday, and another man was arrested who police say is connected to the case.

Ashley Chavez, 23, is accused of hitting Nancy Schoeffler and leaving her in the street to die the night of March 31 in the 2800 block of West Burnside.

Police say they think Chavez had been drinking and smoking pot at the time of the incident and she and her friend 43-year-old Angela Dawn Kaps-Collins were coming from the Timbers game that night. Kaps-Collins was also arrested and is accused of hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.

Meanwhile, police arrested Billy Eugene Collins Jr. after he turned himself in to the Corbett Fire Station early Wednesday. Collins is the husband of Kaps-Collins.

Police also said they expect another suspect, Jose Alberto Torres, to turn surrender himself to authorities in the day next or so.

According to court documents, police accuse Collins Jr. of hindering their investigation and covering up evidence related to the damage to the Honda police said Chavez was driving when she hit Schoeffler.

The court documents say Torres also tried to conceal damage to Chavez' car and made repairs to it.

Chavez was arrested more than a week ago in Bellingham, Wash. Investigators say she was trying to run to Canada. She's being held on $650,000 bail.

Other persons arrested in the case are 28-year-old Christopher Michael Rhea (Ashely’s boyfriend) and 24-year-old Josh Chavez (her brother). They are both accused of hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.