Woman arrested in fatal hit-and-run crash

- Apopka police have made an arrest after a 31-year-old woman was hit and killed in a vehicle crash where the suspect left the scene. 

Police say 45-year-old Carmen Clayton was arrested and has been charged with Hit and Run Failure to Stop Remain at a Crash Involving Death.

Officers say Saturday morning around 3:30 a.m. Clayton was driving a vehicle north on Highway 441 at Piedmont-Wekiwa/Hiawassee Road, when she hit Nikita Pope as she was crossing the street at or near the crosswalk. Police say, after hitting Pope, Clayton's vehicle continued to drive away from the scene. 

Pope was taken to Florida Hospital Apopka where she was pronounced deceased. 

Later that afternoon, Apopka police were notified by a resident of the Golf Villas at Errol Condominiums of a dark colored Nissan with significant damage that appeared to have been involved in a crash. Traffic homicide detectives were able to determine that was the vehicle that hit Pope. 

Police say they were able to make contact with Clayton who said she was driving the vehicle on US 441, where she thought someone threw something at her car, but later realized it had to have been a person that she hit. 

Detectives say there was enough probable cause to charge her after she neglected to stop, report the crash or notify the police after inspecting her vehicle, even five hours after the crash. 

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