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.

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