Woman Hit with Car by Iraqi Father Dies
November 2, 2009 - 7:50 PMA 20-year-old woman from Iraq whose father allegedly hit her with his car because she had become too Westernized has died from her injuries, authorities said.
Noor Faleh Almaleki had been in a local hospital since Oct. 20, when police say her father ran down her and her boyfriend's mother with his Jeep as the women were walking across a parking lot in the west Phoenix suburb of Peoria.
Peoria police spokesman Mike Tellef said Noor died Monday. The other woman, Amal Khalaf, is expected to survive.
Family members say Faleh Hassan Almaleki attacked his daughter because he believed she had become too Westernized and was not living according to his traditional Iraqi values.
Almaleki fled after the attack but was arrested Thursday when he arrived at Atlanta's airport, where he was sent from the United Kingdom after authorities denied him entrance.
He was returned to Arizona last weekend and taken to a county jail. He had faced charges of aggravated assault but Peoria police spokesman Mike Tellef said the charges will be upgraded in light of Noor Faleh Almaleki's death.
Almaleki has declined requests to be interviewed.
Police said the Almalekis moved to Peoria from Iraq in the mid-1990s.
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