UPDATE: Document sheds light on death of Tucson’s “Umbrella Lady”
Authorities said Lydia Reis died from her injuries on Sunday, Jan. 8
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A suspect has been arrested in connection with the fatal hit-and-run crash that left Tucson’s “Umbrella Lady” dead.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department said Guadalupe Solis, 53, was booked on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident.
The PCSD said Solis hit Lydia Reis, 64, while Reis was walking near Oracle and Ina roads early on Thursday, Jan. 5.
According to the initial complaint released Tuesday, Jan. 10, a witness to the crash told police they saw Solis hit Reis and later confirmed that Solis’ vehicle was involved.
A truck driver flagged down an Oro Valley police officer to report seeing Solis parked in front of a home in the area trying to repair her damaged vehicle with duct tape, according to the document.
Solis admitted to being involved in an accident but told authorities she thought she had hit a utility pole. She said she was going to return to the scene of the crash after contacting her insurance company and repairing her vehicle.
Investigators said auto parts found at the scene matched the damage to Solis’ vehicle.
Reis, affectionately known as the “Umbrella Lady” by many in Tucson, died from her injuries on Jan. 8.
The PCSD said Solis did not stay at the scene of the crash.
A GoFundMe was started to help Reis with her medical bills. Now that she has passed, the money will be used for a public memorial service. To donate, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/tucsons-umbrella-lady-hospital-bill-fund
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