William Bauders arrested as suspect in fatal midtown hit-and-run accident on New Year's Day

TULSA - A Tulsa man has been arrested in connection to a hit-and-run accident that left a 46-year-old Tulsa woman dead.

Police say 30-year-old William Bauders confessed to driving the stolen pickup truck that crashed into Christina Bradshaw's Toyota Camry near East Ninth Street and South Richmond Avenue around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators say Bauders stole a trailer from a nearby business and then ditched it at Ninth and Canton near the eventual crash. 

Bauders was speeding through the intersection at about 65 mph, according to witnesses.

John Catlin, a witness, said the wreck didn't seem to deter Bauders.

"He didn't even slam on his brakes. He just went through," Catlin said.

Police say Bauders fled the crash on foot.

Bauders told police he ran from the scene of the wreck because "he did not know he killed a lady and fled because he believed he was being followed," according to arrest records.

Resident Ann Knode said she saw a man hop her fence into her yard and thought he was trying to burglarize her home.

"I must have yelled at him and called him a thief. He turned around and looked at me," Knode said. "As he did, the gate popped open and he took off running."

Knode's roommate then followed after him down the street and said she saw the suspect shedding his black clothing and hiding behind cars before she lost sight of him.

Police were unable to locate the suspect after the crash, but the Dodge pickup truck he was driving had been reported stolen several days before and was not displaying the proper license tag. 

Officers say they contacted the owner of the tag who told them her son said she needed to report the tag as stolen because it "was used in something," according to the police report. Police also learned a red trailer had also been taken when the truck was stolen.

Police were able to locate Bauders at his west Tulsa home, along with another truck believed to have been stolen. A red trailer was also found across the street from his property.

Detectives say Bauders confessed to stealing the truck, stealing the trailer and running the stop sign on Ninth Street, but his mother said Friday Bauders told her he "didn't confess to this."

He is being held in the Tulsa County jail on $519,600 bond. Police took the stolen Ram to the lab for finger prints and DNA Friday and are awaiting the results.

Bauders is due in court Jan. 16 on an unrelated charge of distribution of a controlled substance. Court documents say Bauders was delivering and distributing Hydrocodone in October.

Bradshaw, who died on impact, was on her way to her job as an elderly care worker.

Bradshaw's sister, Angela King, traveled from Gentry, Ark. Tuesday to spend New Year's Eve with Christina. King says she was just about to make the trip back to Arkansas when her mother called with the news.

"We are going to have to have a closed casket. We aren't able to see her because she is mangled up," King said Friday. "I think that's the hardest part right now that we're going through."

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