Driver suspected in fatal Burnside hit-and-run arrested

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Ashley Chavez.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police arrested a 23-year-old woman Friday suspected in the hit-and-run death of a 63-year-old woman in March.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Ashley Chavez was arrested at 2:15 p.m. by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Bellingham, Wash.
Police allege Chavez was the driver that hit and killed Nancy Schoeffler on March 31 at 11:20 p.m. in the 2800 block of West Burnside and then sped off.

On Wednesday police arrested 43-year-old Angela Dawn Kaps-Collins in Beaverton who they say was the passenger in the car. Police said tips from the public led to her arrest.

U.S. Marshals say they arrested Chavez as she was leaving a Red Robin restaurant in Bellingham and was getting into a car driven by a man.

According to sources familiar with the investigation, the man in the car was her boyfriend. They had been tracked to a Motel 6 in Bellingham where they checked in under the boyfriend's name.

Law enforcement officials were concerned she was planning to flee to Canada, which was less than a 30-minute drive away.

Police also took Chavez' boyfriend into custody.

Police originally said they suspected Chavez was in Pueblo, Colo.

According to the Marshals Service, after the Multnomah County Circuit Court issued an arrest warrant for Chavez on Tuesday, members of its task force conducted investigations in several locations in Oregon and Washington.

Investigators said that Schoeffler was crossing West Burnside Street on foot when she was struck by a vehicle that fled the area westbound on Burnside. She died at the scene.

Police later said the vehicle they were looking for is a 1996-2008 black Honda or Acura sedan with damage to the hood and front windshield.

Neighbors at her home in Corbett watched on Monday as investigators moved in to arrest Kaps-Collins.

Justin Butte said police towed away a black Honda from her house that had damage on the front end. He said somebody at the house was trying to replace parts on the car.

The suspects were initially described as two white females in their mid- to late-20s with blond hair and possibly wearing hats with Portland Timbers logos. A Portland Timbers soccer match had taken place in the hours before the crash.

A law enforcement source told KATU News that the suspects were drinking at the soccer game and decided to try and cover up the crash after hitting Schoeffler. They also decided to hide the vehicle involved but the source did not specify where or how.

Kaps-Collins was taken to the Multnomah County Jail on charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence. Chavez faces charges of second-degree manslaughter and was still in a Washington jail Friday night. She is expected to have an extradition hearing next week.

Kaps-Collins and Chavez worked together in Beaverton.