Investigators said 55-year-old Cynthia Beasley died when she was hit by a drunk driver on Pamalee Drive at the Blanton Road intersection around 8:05 p.m.
Elizabeth Lauren Robinson, 30, is charged with felonious hit and run, DWI, and other charges.
Police say her Robinson's SUV struck Beasley as she walked across the five lane road. Neighbors say Beasley was just a few feet from the curb when she was hit. Eyewitnesses told police the SUV then sped off. Someone followed the vehicle and called police.
"Officers were relayed good information," said Fayetteville Police Lt. Todd Joyce. "We tracked her to her Green Valley home. There they located the vehicle and took her into custody."
Buddy Martin says Beasley was the picture of a good a neighbor, and friend.
"She was just the sweetest kind of person," said Martin. "Always looking out for friends, even when she herself was not doing good. She always cared about making sure all her friends were squared away."
Beasley's friends and neighbors say she often walked down Pamalee Drive to the corner convenience store for snacks and drinks.
"I've seen her cross a couple of times, but you never think about it until something like this happens," said Martin. "She probably has done it, over the course of the years, hundreds if not thousands of times."
Police say Robinson's two children were in her SUV when the hit and run occurred.
Robinson is free on unsecured bond, but police say more charges may be pending.