Scottsdale authorities arrest suspect of June 2015 hit-and-run

Ruben Santiago-Lopez (photo by Scottsdale Police Department)

Ruben Santiago-Lopez (photo by Scottsdale Police Department)

On Nov. 8 detectives from the Scottsdale Police Department Vehicular Crimes Reconstruction Unit made an arrest in the June 8, 2015 fatal hit and run collision involving 65-year-old Dr. Robert J. Arceci.

At 7 a.m. on June 8, 2015, Scottsdale police officers responded to a two vehicle traffic collision between a motorcycle and landscape truck at the intersection of 69th Street and Shea Boulevard, according to police officials.

The operator of the motorcycle, Dr. Arceci, died on the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. He was traveling westbound on Shea, police said.

The landscape truck, towing a trailer, attempted to make a left hand turn from eastbound Shea to northbound 69th Street. As the vehicle made the turn the motorcycle collided with the trailer, said officials. The truck pulled over and remained on scene with two occupants, while the driver fled the scene on foot.

The driver of the truck was soon identified as 26-year-old Ruben Santiago-Lopez, a Mexican national. Detectives were able to secure an arrest warrant for him, but learned he had fled to Mexico, according to officials.

For over 15 months, detectives worked with Santiago-Lopez’s family members and Mexican authorities to locate him and encourage his surrender, police said.

On Nov. 7, Santiago-Lopez turned himself in at the Nogalez Port of Entry and was extradited to Maricopa County on Nov. 8. He is facing charges of Failing to Remain at the Scene of a Fatal Collision, a class 2 felony; and Causing Death by Use of a Vehicle, a class 4 felony.

The Arceci family related that they are pleased with the Santiago-Lopez’s arrest and they have asked for privacy as this case moves forward, police said.

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