Driver in Kenmore fatal hit-and-run turns self in


by KING 5 News and MEG COYLE / KING 5 News

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Posted on October 21, 2013 at 6:11 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 5:14 PM

KENMORE, Wash. -- King County sheriff's detectives say the driver wanted in a fatal hit-and-run in Kenmore Monday morning has turn herself into police.

Detectives say the 24-year-old female driver turned herself in to Kenmore City Hall around 2 p.m. She reportedly told police what happened, then led police to her house where her truck was parked in the driveway. Her house was only three blocks away from where the hit-and-run happened. 

Detectives says a woman walking her dog found the victim's body around 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of NE 185th Street and 62nd Avenue NE. The stretch is a steep part of 62nd Avenue NE with no sidewalk and only a few street lights. Residents say it's an area known for speeders.

The victim has been identified by his family as 31-year-old Joseph "JD" Humphreys.

"At 4 o'clock in the morning, I had two policemen come up to my door and asked if they could come in," said Mark Humphreys, Joseph's dad. "It didn't take too much. I knew when I opened that door that was bad news."

Detectives say pieces of a headlight were found at the scene. They believed it was from the passenger side of a 2003 or 2004 Ford F150. Detectives had not determined the color or if the truck is a regular cab, extended cab or crew cab.

"I think the bigger problem is why doesn't the person pull over?" asked Mark Humphreys. "The guy didn't get out of his car. I'm thinking because he was scared of everything he'd have to pay."

As for the victim's father, it's not so much about finding justice. It's about finding peace.

"I'm only looking for answers and an apology. I'm not after nobody. I just wanna know. I loved him," said Mark Humphreys.

The driver is in under investigation for felony hit and run. That could elevate to vehicular homicide once the investigation is complete.

Anyone with information on the hit-and-run or the vehicle matching the description with a damaged headlight on the passenger side is asked to call the King County Sheriff's Office at 206-296-3311.