HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Police said a High Point woman was arrested after she hit and killed a pedestrian while chasing her ex-boyfriend with her car.
Valondrea Breeden, 33, faces charges of second degree murder, felony hit and run, felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired.
Police said a domestic disturbance between the suspect and her ex-boyfriend early Sunday escalated to a high-speed car chase.
The suspect was chasing her ex-boyfriend and the two vehicles were headed east on Nathan Hunt Drive toward Brentwood Street, police said.
Authorities said the suspect crossed the center line and struck one of two pedestrians walking east facing oncoming traffic in the 400 block of Nathan Hunt Drive.
Police said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as 23-year-old Aaron Samuel Hoffman, who grew up in High Point.
Aysia Hoffman said her brother Aaron was fun-loving and hardworking and had a lot of friends. She said he was one of her best friends.
“His personality drew you in,” she said. “He was funny. Everybody loved him, he always made us laugh.”
Aaron Hoffman worked at Archdale Barbecue, but his sister said he was preparing for a career as a firefighter.
Aysia Hoffman said her brother was walking home from a bar with a friend during the incident around 2:30 a.m.
After being hit, she said her brother’s friend ran to her house to get help and she waited by her brother’s side until the ambulance arrived.
“That was awful,” she said. “I held his hand and I didn`t know if he was alive or not… you never realize you`re going to have to go through that until it happens to you.”
Police said the suspect was taken into custody after she fled the scene and continued to chase her ex-boyfriend.
The ex-boyfriend drove to the police department and Breeden was arrested.
Breeden is in the Guilford County Jail in High Point under a $750,000 bond.