Katie Summers pleads not guilty in deadly Kennewick hit-and-run crash
KENNEWICK, Wash. — A Richland woman accused of causing a deadly crash and leaving the scene entered a not guilty plea at her arraignment on Monday.
Katie Summers, 28, is charged with vehicular homicide and hit-and-run after she allegedly hit a man on a moped at Clearwater Avenue and Edison Street on Aug. 21.
Police said Summers was taking a left turn onto Edison from Clearwater when she failed to yield for oncoming traffic and struck 30-year-old Leonel Birrueta, knocking him off the bike. He died at the scene.
Less than a minute after police arrived, Summers sped off and disposed of empty marijuana containers in a dumpster next to the USA Gasoline gas station by Albertsons in Kennewick. She was arrested in the parking lot after a witness spotted her black Toyota Tundra, according to court documents.
After the arrest, police said Summers admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol prior to the crash. Her toxicology results are still pending.
She is being held at the Benton County Jail on $500,000 bail.