Police: Driver in Kenmore hit-and-run was 911 caller

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 4:02 PM

KENMORE, Wash. -- The person who called 911 to report a body found on a residential Kenmore street Monday was the driver who was later arrested for the fatal hit-and-run, the King County Sheriff's Department confirmed Tuesday.

Spokesperson Cindi West said there was no dog walker, as earlier reports indicated. It was unknown if the driver had identified herself when she called 911 or if she pretended to be a non-involved party.

A judge set bail at $25,000 for the 24-year-old female driver, who waived her appearance at Tuesday's bail hearing. A second court appearance is scheduled for October 24 at the King County Jail.

Detectives initially reported a woman walking her dog called around 1:30 a.m. Monday to say she found a body near the intersection of NE 185th Street and 62nd Avenue NE. The area has no sidewalks and few street lights. Residents say it's an area known for speeders.

Police said later that day, a 24-year-old female driver turned herself in to Kenmore City Hall. 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. 

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

The driver is in under investigation for felony hit and run. That could change 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. 

 

 

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