Moped Smashed To Pieces In Fayetteville Hit-And-Run Crash

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A four-month search for a hit-and-run suspect ended Wednesday, after a Centerton woman was arrested on suspicion of hitting a moped driver with her Nissan Maxima passenger car, according to court records.

Chyanne Farris, 20, was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an injury accident and fleeing from police. She remained Wednesday in the Washington County Detention Center on $7,500 bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website.

An eyewitness and the victim in the March 20 crash told police a black passenger car pulled onto Wedington Drive from Steamboat Drive in Fayetteville. The car then struck a moped, breaking it into pieces and launching the moped rider from her vehicle, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Washington County Circuit Court.

Emergency responders found blood on the ground, and the victim was bleeding from her nose and mouth, the affidavit states. She suffered non-life-threatening head injuries, and her eyes were swollen, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.

An eyewitness to the crash told police the car stopped after the collision, and a man and woman emerged from the vehicle. They began to walk toward the victim, then retreated back to the car after the man told the woman to get back into the vehicle, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

As the vehicle left, the eyewitness said it struck the moped again. The victim’s moped was found on the side of the road in pieces, police said.

A responding officer drove along Wedington to see if he could find the suspects’ vehicle. He found a black Nissan Maxima with a missing front bumper at the EZ Mart on Wedington and Rupple Road. The vehicle sped off, though, before police could stop the car, according to the affidavit.

Investigators used video footage from the EZ Mart to identify A.J. Watkins as one of the people in the black car. When police located him, he allegedly said the two ran from the scene because he had a parole violation warrant.

Watkins told police Farris was driving the car.

Officers on June 3 found the black car used in the hit-and-run, but it was unoccupied. Its front bumper was still missing, police said.

The evidence collected during the investigation was used to issue a warrant for Farris’ arrest July 21. Police found and arrested Farris nine days later.


  • bobreal

    Granted She should not of Run…
    But She was Afraid..
    If she has Insurance; just Fine Her.
    And let Her Insurance Take care of the Medical Bill.
    I thinks Moped/Motor Scooters need to be Licensed Insured and
    the Operator Needs LICENCE as well. Just like MOTORCYCLES..

    • Triamrider

      It is called taking responsibility for your actions. Sure when we mess up we are all afraid but we still have a responibility when we exercise the privilege of driving to do the right thing when we accidentally cause harm to others. Be careful how you feel about others someday it could happen to you or me and you will want them to stop certainly not hit you or your vehicle again.

    • David

      and what does requiring a person to have insurance on a moped have to do with this situation? nothing…. as for the license issue… you are required to have a drivers license…anything over 50cc then a motorcycle endorsement.

  • Nark-ansas

    A.J. Watkins told her to run because he had a parole violation warrant, then he snitched on her as soon as he got a chance. . . .A.J. Watkins is a tweeker. They probably had a shake n bake meth lab in the car too.

  • kp4817

    I know the victim,and that messed her up a lot.she could have died.I would be more worried about the hurt woman than I would be about myself.I understand he had a warrant.but she should have stayed and tried to help the victim

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