The 25-year-old suspect who fled the scene of a fatal collision that killed one woman and injured two others on Aug. 25 was charged with felony hit and run.
Najea Immanuel Wynn, Jr., of Federal Way, was also charged on Thursday with driving while his license was suspended in the third-degree at King County Superior Court. His bail was set at $100,000.
Wynn turned himself into Federal Way police Aug. 27 after his friend who had driven him from the scene of the collision days earlier urged him to do so, according to charging documents. He admitted to police that he left the scene because he was on probation and did not have a valid license.
Just after 9 p.m. on Aug. 25, Wynn was driving his girlfriend along Pacific Highway South while his license was suspended. He was speeding slightly faster than the posted 40mph limit before his Honda Accord slammed into a Toyota Camry that was turning left from northbound Pacific Highway South to westbound South 316th Street, the documents continue.
The collision killed the passenger in the Camry, 53-year-old Karen Vargas, whose sister was driving them to wash their car when they passed the car wash, according to charging documents. The sister was slowly turning left on a flashing yellow arrow when Wynn’s vehicle, which was speeding through the intersection from the right-turn lane, plowed into their passenger door.
The sister sustained a broken rib, a lacerated liver and various other minor injuries as a result of the impact. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center.
Wynn’s girlfriend also suffered seven broken ribs and a concussion.
Wynn, who was uninjured, exited the car, called a friend on his cellphone and walked away to be picked up by his friend, the documents continue. He failed to render aid or summon help for his girlfriend or the sisters, according to the documents.
Investigators were able to determine how Wynn fled the area, and they identified him as the suspect driver through multiple interviews and the use of Federal Way’s Safe City camera footage.
Through an investigation, police were alerted to a BMW circling the area, later determined to be driven by Wynn’s friend. The friend later called police after he learned they were suspicious that his vehicle was involved in “aiding Wynn from fleeing the scene of the fatal collision,” according to charging documents.
The friend told police that Wynn had called him at 9:04 p.m. the night of the collision, informed him that he had been involved in a collision and asked his friend to pick him up.
Wynn’s girlfriend later told police on Aug. 26 that Wynn apologized to her while she was in the hospital for crashing her vehicle. However, in a written statement earlier that day the girlfriend claimed she didn’t know who drove her car during the crash because she was extremely intoxicated. She claimed she did not know why Wynn was so distracted while driving.
After Wynn turned himself into police, he confessed to the crime and said he was unaware that Vargas was deceased when he decided to flee the collision scene. He said he learned that the collision was fatal the day after the crash.
Wynn has an extensive criminal and traffic history that includes two fourth-degree assault charges, a no-contact order violation in May, three incidents of speeding, driving while using a cellphone in 2016, and two prior incidents of driving with a suspended license in 2016 and 2017. According to Court Services, Wynn has lived at his mother’s Federal Way house off and on for several months, is unemployed and has failed to appear in court four times since 2013.
His arraignment is set for Sept. 12 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.