UPDATE: Bail was set for Mitchell Magee at $100,000 in court Monday, July 22. A preliminary hearing for Magee was scheduled for August 5 at 8:00 a.m.

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Las Vegas Metropolitan police said the suspect involved in a fatal hit and run in the west valley was arrested on Friday.

A transgender woman, identified by Las Vegas police as Mitchell Magee, 27, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center and is facing reckless driving resulting in substantial bodily harm and duty to stop at scene of crash involving death or personal injury charges, according to jail records.

On July 10, Las Vegas police released surveillance images of a person of interest in connection to the deadly crash on July 6.

Officers were called to the area of South Decatur Boulevard and West Flamingo Road about 8:30 p.m. The driver of a Nissan Altima ran a red light while headed north on Decatur while the motorcyclist was headed west on Flamingo.

Magee hit the left side of Thomas Wallenta's Indian Chief motorcycle, causing both vehicles to hit the raised median, just north of the intersection, her arrest report said. Both the motorcycle and Magee's Nissan entered the southbound lanes of Decatur, colliding into the side of a 2015 Nissan Sentra.

The impact of the Altima hitting the Sentra caused the latter vehicle to strike the left rear of a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, the report said. Magee continued heading north and struck the front of a 2013 Nissan Altima before crashing into the left rear of a 2019 Toyota Corolla. Magee's vehicle rolled forward and hit the left front of a Nissan Rogue.

After getting struck by Magee's Altima, Wallenta's motorcycle overturned onto its left-side and continued heading northwest past the intersection, the arrest report said. Wallenta was ejected from his bike and struck the hood of the 2013 Nissan Altima before coming to a stop in front of the Corolla.

Wallenta was taken to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. His cause of death was blunt force injuries. The Clark County coroner ruled Wallenta's death as an accident.

Police said no other drivers or passengers involved had injuries.

"For him to die bleeding out in the street like that, it’s not the way he should have gone," Wallenta’s stepson Ryan Copely said.

According to her arrest report, Magee was driving at 72 miles per hour about five seconds before the crash. She slowed to a speed of 65 mph, but then accelerated two seconds before the crash. The brake was activated at the last second.

Las Vegas police were able to track down Magee after receiving a tip from an individual as to where she lived, as well as security footage taken from an RTC bus that was at the scene of the crash, Magee's arrest report said. The footage taken from the bus showed Magee fleeing the scene on foot.

Officers also found receipts from a Whole Foods store and a Cafe Rio from the same day of the crash and, after obtaining the security footage, showed Magee entering and leaving the businesses. According to her arrest report, Magee's Altima was seen in the security footage obtained from Whole Foods.

On July 9, one of the drivers involved in the accident identified Magee as the at-fault driver after Las Vegas police conducted a records check and found a booking photo of her from October 2016, the report said. The driver of the RTC bus who was also at the scene of the crash was also able to identify Magee. 

She was arrested by Las Vegas police on July 18.

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(2) comments

TruthHurts

he needs to be charged with "Ugly with a Prior"

Hawks15

Now we know that "they are" messed up in their heads!!

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