Family says arrest in deadly hit-and-run is small relief

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 1/03 5:46 pm Published: 1/03 5:19 pm

One Tulsa family is letting out a small sigh of relief after police made an early-morning arrest in a deadly hit-and-run accident that happened on New Year's Day.

Officers arrested William Bauders on a charge of second-degree murder Friday morning.

FOX23's Farron Salley spoke with Christina Bradshaw's family on Thursday and they said the arrest would help them; she talked to them again on Friday.

Now they're planning her funeral, family member told FOX23 that the crash caused significant damage.

"That's not the way we want to remember her anyway. We want to remember her when she walked out the door and said goodbye and I love you," said Justin Pigeon, Bradshaw's nephew.

Bradshaw's car was totaled, police say, when a speeding truck struck her car.

The driver of the truck ran away from the scene. Police later discovered the truck was stolen. They linked the evidence to William Bauders.

"There was a small sense of relief. Obviously it doesn't change what happened, it doesn't resolve anything, it doesn't bring her back," said Pigeon.

But knowing that someone has been caught and accused, he said, eases their pain.

Police documents show that Bauders confessed to fleeing the scene.

"What happens next will be what God has decided, and justice will be done in his eyes as well as the eyes of the law," said Pigeon.

Bauders is being held on a more than $500,000 bond.

Police said five witnesses identified Bauders as talking about the collision, but he didn't want to turn himself in.
Tulsa police got a warrant and went to into his home and they said he confessed. He told police he was going 60 miles per hour down this street when he hit Bradshaw.
Bauders faces six charges, including second degree murder and leaving the scene of a fatality collision.
Bauders is being held on more than $500,000 bond.

“I don't think it would help to see him face to face but I’m willing to find out,” said Pigeon.

Now he and other family are anxious for the court date.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/5/2014 9:32 AM
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Xoxo get over yourself. Other topics bear more notice. Condolences to friends and family. I'm sure she will be sorely missed.
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