Image: Faleh Almaleki
Peoria Police Dept. via AP file
Faleh Almaleki is an Iraqi immigrant accused of running down his daughter in Arizona with his car because she was becoming "too Westernized."
updated 11/2/2009 6:37:15 PM ET 2009-11-02T23:37:15

A 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 said Faleh Hassan Almaleki believed his daughter had become too Westernized and was not living according to his traditional Iraqi values.

Faleh 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. 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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