A judge found probable cause for DUI and vehicular homicide charges for the 52-year-old Auburn woman arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run this month. Her first court appearance was Monday, Sept. 19.
The statement of probable cause written by Auburn Police Officer Bryce Barager, who investigated the incident, offers more details into the crash.
When the officer arrived on scene, Valley Regional Fire Authority paramedics were providing aid to the motorcyclist, who ended up succumbing to his injuries, Barager said. A Kawasaki motorcycle with severe damage was down in the middle of the road.
A damaged license plate belonging to a Honda Ridgeline registered to the 52-year-old Auburn woman was also found at the scene of the crash, according to Barager. King County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the address connected to the license plate and found the Ridgeline with front-end damage, according to the report.
Barager went to the address and saw the Ridgeline’s front end had caved in, the airbags were deployed, and later, a piece of the motorcycle was found lodged in the front of the car, Barager said.
Along with sheriff’s deputies, Barager made contact with the residents and asked to speak with the person who’d been driving the Honda. The woman said she had been driving, but denied any collision. Barager arrested her because she smelled of intoxicants and appeared to be under the influence, and he believed she was under the influence at the time of the collision, Barager said.
Further investigation led Barager to develop probable cause for vehicular homicide. She is not being named in this story because she had not been officially charged as of press time Tuesday.