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California woman charged in fatal hit-and-run changed appearance dramatically to evade arrest: Cops

May 30, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
California woman charged in fatal hit-and-run changed appearance dramatically to evade arrest: Cops

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Investigators say a California woman who allegedly killed an innocent music teacher in a hit-and-run attempted to change her appearance dramatically in order to avoid being caught.

According to the Daily Mail, Tracy Clapp, 36, from Santa Ana California hit 26-year-old Chris Chavez on April 20th with her 5-series BMW while he was using a crosswalk to cross the street.

Police say Clapp allegedly ate a red light and slammed into Chavez, who had the right of way.

Witnesses of the accident said that Clapp briefly got out of her car but then got back behind the driver’s seat and fled the scene. ABC 7 reported that one witness snapped a photo of the woman driving off.

Clapp is suspected of killing Chris Chavez, 26, (pictured) in a hit-and -run after she allegedly ran a red light

Clapp is suspected of killing Chris Chavez, 26, (pictured) in a hit-and -run after she allegedly ran a red light

Chavez, who was a Saddleback High School drumline instructor, was declared brain dead just days after the accident on April 29th.

After receiving an anonymous tip, Clapp was found Saturday evening in south-east Santa Ana. Police reported that Clapp dyed her hair bright pink, was wearing colored contacts and was also sporting a temporary tattoo of a dragon on her face

Police reported that she dyed her hair bright pink, was wearing colored contacts and was also sporting a temporary tattoo of a dragon on her face

In an interview to ABC 7, Corporal Matt Wharton said, “It is our belief that she did all of that to allude capture.”

The woman immediately ran from police and reportedly assaulted them when they finally caught her.

A K-9 officer was used to seize the woman, who was then transported to a local hospital with injuries to her arm. Ralph Chavez, the victim’s father, said in a statement: “I feel nothing for this lady right now…I’ve got a big battle. We’re a broken family right now.”

Ralph Chavez said his son was taken off of life support on May 1st.

The Daily Mail has reported that when Clapp is discharged from the hospital, she faces several charges including suspicion of a felony hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter, felony evasion with a want and disregard for public safety along with battery of an officer.

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