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Mitzi Johanknecht

01 Fatal Hit And Run in White Center


A 63 YOA Native American Male was struck and killed while crossing the street in a crosswalk while in a wheel chair. A 51 YOA HM returned to the scene 4 hours later to turn himself in.


(White Center / King County WA) (C16021889)

A 63 year old male that was confined to a wheel chair, was killed after he was struck by a car while crossing the street in a marked cross walk on Sunday May 1st.  The driver of the vehicle, a 51 year old male, initially fled the scene, but later returned and turned himself in to Sheriff’s Deputies investigating the accident.


Story- In the early morning hours of Sunday May 1st, 2016, King County Sheriff’s Deputies happened upon a person lying in the street, with a wheel chair next to them, near the intersection of SW 104 & 16th Ave SW.  Deputies were able to quickly determine the victim, a 63 yoa, Native American male, had been struck while trying to cross the street in his wheel chair.  Deputies and North Highline Fire / Aid crews attempted to render aid but the man later died of his injuries.


The vehicle that had hit the man, was initially gone when Deputies first came upon the scene.  However, approximately 4 hours later, a 51 yoa Hispanic male, returned to the scene and turned himself in to Deputies.  The suspect admitted to knowing that he had hit something, but told Deputies he thought it was a shopping cart.  When he learned it was a person he had hit, the suspect said he consulted a pastor and then came back to the scene to turn himself in.

The suspect was booked for investigation of Felony Hit and Run.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.   The pedestrian in the wheel chair was in a lit crosswalk at the time he was struck.