Pedestrian Struck in DUI Hit-and-Run Accident

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Aggravated assault, six counts of endangerment, super-extreme DUI in pedestrian accident

Police are alleging Christy Kupper, 31, struck a pedestrian and up to five vehicles in an adjacent retail-store parking lot when she was trying to flee the scene of a hit-and-run accident at a Tempe intersection.

Kupper was identified as the driver and the only occupant in the car. Police arrested her on suspicion of aggravated assault, six counts of endangerment, super-extreme driving under the influence (DUI), and fleeing the scene of an accident.

Tempe Police spokesman, Sgt. Mike Pooley said in a statement that Kupper was driving behind the wheel of a white Honda Accord that was involved in a non-injury accident on Rural Road near Southern Avenue.

Rather than stopping, Pooley is reporting that Kupper drove into the parking lot of a nearby Walmart at a high rate of speed, striking another vehicle. The impact of that collision caused her car to spin out and hit a woman that was walking to her vehicle. The Honda then crashed into three or four additional vehicles before finally coming to a stop.

“So she sped over here trying to get away from it all, and it ended up worse,” reported witness Tyler Hoskins.

Pedestrian hospitalized with serious injuries after being struck in a DUI accident

An officer called to the scene reported the pedestrian was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries that included several broken bones. None of her injuries were life-threatening.

After viewing the surveillance video of the Walmart parking lot, Police can’t believe no one else was hurt in the accident.

Kupper was not injured but police determined Kupper’s blood-alcohol content to be .20 when she was tested for impairment. A person with a BAC of .08 is considered legally drunk in Arizona.

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