Hit-and-run suspect who targeted teens surrenders

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

SEATTLE -- After more than 24 hours in hiding, a 37-year-old woman accused of intentionally running down two teens outside Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle turned herself in to police Thursday afternoon.

The woman had originally called police after the incident, which left two teenage girls hospitalized, saying she would turn herself in, but she didn't. Before she gave herself up at the Beacon Hill precinct Thursday, she spoke to KING 5 News, wanting to share her side of the story.

She arranged to meet with KING 5 in the White Center neighborhood, but told her friend to keep driving once she saw the television cameras. On the phone, she said this has all been a nightmare and claimed she was provoked by the teenage girls. She said they surrounded her car and wouldn't move. When she got out, she claimed one of them punched her in the nose.

The woman has been hiding at her boyfriend's house since the incident happened. After she turned herself in to authorities just before 4:30 p.m., she was transported from the South Precinct to downtown to be interviewed by detectives.

Witnesses said the two girls were walking to school Wednesday morning when a dog ran up and jumped on one of them, so she pushed it away. Witnesses said the dog's owner became enraged and intentionally drove her car into the girls.

A 17-year-old was treated and released at Harborview Medical Center. The other girl, an 18-year-old, remains at the hospital, recovering from possible broken bones and internal bleeding.

 

KING 5's Zahid Arab, Liza Javier and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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