A car crashed into a light pole around 9 p.m. after a fatal hit-and-run collision in Federal Way on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Evergreen Media Production

A car crashed into a light pole around 9 p.m. after a fatal hit-and-run collision in Federal Way on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Evergreen Media Production

Suspect who fled fatal hit-and run scene arrested

25-year-old fled the scene on foot after collision killed one woman, injured two others on Aug. 25.

The suspect who fled the scene after Sunday’s fatal hit and run collision that left one woman dead and two other individuals injured was arrested on Tuesday afternoon.

The 25-year-old man is in custody and will be booked into jail, according to Cmdr. Kurt Schwan, spokesman for the Federal Way Police Department. The Mirror does not name suspects unless they are charged with a crime.

Just after 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, a vehicle traveling south on Pacific Highway South collided with a vehicle turning left from northbound Pacific Highway South to westbound South 316th Street in Federal Way.

Both vehicles were occupied by a driver and a passenger, Schwan noted.

The 25-year-old male driver of the southbound vehicle fled the collision scene on foot and the female passenger was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, Schwan stated.

The female driver of the turning vehicle was transported to the hospital with serious injuries and the 53-year-old female passenger, who King County medical examiners identified as Karen Vargas, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators were able to determine how the suspect 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, Schwan said.

“We appreciate our employees tenacious work by quickly completing this investigation and making an arrest,” Schwan wrote in an email. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased.”


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