Reno Police arrest suspect in September fatal crash

Juliana Michelle Fitzgerald. Washoe County jail photo.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- UPDATE: Reno Police have arrested a woman in connection with a September crash that left one woman dead.

Juliana Fitzgerald, 31, of Reno is facing charges of Failing to Decrease Speed or Use Due Care, D.U.I. Causing Death, D.U.I. Causing Substantial Bodily Harm, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Sales, Proof of Insurance Required and Registration Required.

Officers located Fitzgerald on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 in a downtown Sparks motel where she was taken into custody.

The Washoe County Coroner's Office has identified the woman killed as a result of the crash as Irene Souza, 85, of Reno.

ORIGINAL STORY: An 85-year-old woman died Friday from injuries suffered in a crash in northeast Reno a week earlier, the Reno Police Department reported.

The three-vehicle crash happened Sept. 6, 2019 at 1:43 p.m. at Evans Avenue and North McCarran Boulevard, police said.

Two vehicles were stopped at a red traffic light facing east and were hit from behind by a third vehicle going east on North McCarran Boulevard.

The woman who eventually died was one of two people in the middle vehicle who were taken to the hospital with what were believed to be injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The driver of the striking vehicle was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening after being extricated from the car by the Reno Fire Department. Police are not releasing other details of the case at this time, but said it appears drug impairment may be a factor in the crash.

Police are still investigating the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call 775-334-2141.

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