Woman arrested in fatal Arlington hit and run

On March 7, a man was killed in a hit and run along 172nd Street NE. Police used telematics data to track down the suspect.

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ARLINGTON — A judge set bail at $50,000 Monday for a Lake Stevens woman arrested in connection to a fatal hit and run last month in Arlington.

Around 8 p.m. March 7, Arlington police responded to reports of a man lying on the side of the road in the 4600 block of 172nd Street NE. He was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett with life-threatening injuries, where he later died, according to a police report. He was 64.

His identity had not been publicly released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office as of Monday.

Police believed the man’s death was a result of a hit and run. Investigators collected several vehicle parts at the scene, and determined the parts belonged to a 2020 to 2023 Toyota Highlander.

Ten days later, Arlington police received a tip: An insurance agent told police she was contacted on March 8 by a customer who reported his wife was in a collision near the Amazon fulfillment center in Arlington.

The customer reported that while his wife was driving, their daughter dropped an iPad in the back seat, and the suspect reached to pick it up. While grabbing the iPad, the driver hit what she reportedly thought was a traffic barrel, according to the report. The man reportedly told the agent their 2022 Toyota Highlander sustained damage to the passenger side fender and windshield.

Police followed up and tracked down a gray 2022 Highlander, registered to the customer, detectives said.

Investigators served a search warrant on March 21, seeking data on the location of the Highlander from Toyota Motor North America, the report said. Detectives received the geographic location of the car Friday, indicating the vehicle was parked in the garage of a Lake Stevens home.

That same day, detectives served a search warrant on the address. The suspect was in her garage, according to the report. A Toyota Highlander was parked in the garage with blankets covering it. There was damage to the front right headlight, fender and windshield.

The woman agreed to speak with the police, and she admitted to being in a collision on March 7, detectives wrote. She reportedly said she thought she hit a construction cone. The suspect told police she was looking in the back seat and didn’t see what was hit, but drove home.

Police arrested her for investigation of one count of hit and run in a fatality accident Friday and booked her into the Snohomish County Jail.

On Monday, Everett District Court Judge Anthony Howard found probable cause for the charge and set bail.

Jonathan Tall: 425-339-3486; jonathan.tall@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @EDHJonTall

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