Nichole Cortez Fatally Struck in Hit-and-Run Crash on Loop 101 [Peoria, AZ]

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Nichole Cortez Fatally Struck in Hit-and-Run Crash on Loop 101 [Peoria, AZ]

33-Year-Old Woman Killed in Fatal Hit-and-Run Collision near Peoria Avenue

PEORIA, AZ (January 13, 2023) – Early Monday morning, Nichole Cortez was fatally struck in a hit-and-run crash on Loop 101.

Police responded to the scene around 3:00 a.m., on the southbound lanes of Loop 101 near Peoria Avenue on December 19th.

According to reports, first responders located a gold Mitsubishi Galant sedan in the middle of the highway with its driver’s door open. Shortly after, crews found the deceased body of 33-year-old Cortez about 50 feet from the Mitsubishi.

Investigators believed that Cortez was struck by a 2010-2014 Dodge Challenger. There was no other available information about the vehicle.

At this time, the suspect remains at large. Authorities and the family of Cortez encourage anyone with further details to contact their offices immediately.

Moreover, the loved ones of Cortez set up a GoFundMe page to help with costs during this difficult time.


No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Our deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family and friends of Nichole Cortez.


Losing someone in a hit-and-run crash is always a traumatic experience for the surviving family. At Sweet James, we understand that the death of a loved one can leave a lasting impact on your emotional and financial well-being, and we are here to help. Our wrongful death attorneys understand that legal issues impose challenges on those involved. Let us help you through the legal process so that you can focus on the welfare of your family. Call us at (800) 900-0000 to arrange a free and confidential case evaluation.


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