MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ. (THECOUNT) — Jessica Lynn Lightner has been identified as the pedestrian fatally struck Saturday in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Lightner, 33, was killed in a hit-and-run collision near Phoenix early Saturday morning.


According to reports, 35-year-old Sergio Nareja was operating a Nissan pickup truck near North 30th Place and East Oak Street in Phoenix, when he struck Lightner, who was on-foot early Saturday morning. Nareja then fled the scene.

Lightner, originally from Illinois, was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

Nareja later turned himself in to police. He was booked on a count of leaving the scene of a fatal collision.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember Lightner:

The cause of the collision remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Maricopa County is located in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated its population was 4,485,414 as of 2019, making it the state’s most populous county, and the fourth-most populous in the United States, containing more than half the population of Arizona – Wikipedia.