Police on Saturday arrested a 49-year-old Bellevue man suspected of being the driver in a fatal hit-and-run collision Friday night.
In the daylight and on dry pavement on Saturday morning, investigators continued their investigation at the scene of the collision. At 8:20 p.m. Friday a 77-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car as she was crossing the 16100 block of Northeast Eighth Street. Witnesses reported seeing a gray sedan stop then speed away from the scene. They gave police a partial license plate number.
While police were at the scene Saturday, a Bellevue resident contacted the investigators and said he saw the news and wanted to let police know of a house he walks by regularly that has two Town Cars parked in the driveway. However, on his walk this morning, the silver Town Car was not in the driveway. He said he remembered the report on the news and wanted to contact the police about his suspicions.
The investigators went to the Bellevue residence located in the 1300 block of 165th Avenue N.E. and found a gold Town Car with Washington license plate closely matching the eyewitness’s information from the previous night. The vehicle had damage consistent with the Hit and Run collision. While the investigators were examining the vehicle, the owner came out of the house and contacted them.
The vehicle was seized as evidence and the 45-year-old Bellevue resident was arrested. He was booked into King County Jail. The name of the suspect is not being released pending charges.
The Bellevue Police Department wants to thank the citizens who were instrumental in solving this case. The two witnesses that followed the suspect vehicle long enough to obtain a partial license plate, the media assisting with releasing the information quickly and the resident that had a gut feeling about two vehicles he sees every day on his walk; without their information it would have be much more difficult to solve this crime.
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