Glendale Man Arrested in Connection With Surprise Hit-And-Run

An Arizona man was arrested after he reportedly struck a 10-year-old girl with his Toyota Camry. The number of fatal accidents in the U.S. tends to ebb and flow depending on the time of year. Over Labor Day weekend – like many other holidays – there has been historically an uptick in the number of motor vehicle accidents, with the number of drinking and driving arrests climbing. Authorities in Arizona were grappling with a number of such cases over the weekend, according to a published report.

The Tucson Police Department announced on Tuesday it had taken into custody a man charged with allegedly killing a bicyclist on Sunday morning. The victim, 56-year-old Albert Brack, was reportedly struck and killed by 48-year-old Tucson resident Edward Gomez Nava. Nava fled the scene of the crime, and is being held on $75,000 bail, according to KOLD News.

In the wake of the Tucson hit-and-run accident, officials in Surprise announced on Wednesday that they had arrested a 31-year-old man who is alleged to have been involved in a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Tuesday evening.

The Surprise police department arrested Glendale resident George Paulis on Tuesday. According to a report from The Arizona Republic, Paulis is said to have struck a 10-year-old girl with his Toyota Camry in Surprise on Tuesday evening.

The girl was reportedly injured at 7:20 p.m., The Republic reports. The 10-year-old had been crossing the street with her 14-year-old sister at the time of the accident, Surprise police spokesman Sergeant Mark Ortega confirmed. She was reported to have been struck at a crosswalk at West Point Parkway and Rimrock Street.

The girl, whose name has been withheld by the Surprise police department, was severely hurt as a result of the accident, according to reports. She was airlifted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital where doctors are treating her injuries, which are said to be serious, but not life threatening. Paulis reportedly exited his car following the incident and went up to the girl, before fleeing the scene of the crime.

Paulis is said to have fled the scene of the accident, but the Surprise police department later in the night contacted him at his job in El Mirage. Ortega affirmed that reports from witnesses and Paulis’ family helped the police department to locate him. Paulis allegedly told police he panicked after he hit the girl.

Though Paulis has not been formally charged, the police booked and transported him to the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail. The police have urged prosecutors to charge Paulis with the felony of failing to stop at an injury accident.