Truck driven in hit-and-run that killed beloved Yakima woman recovered from construction site

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YAKIMA, Wash. — Thanks to a range of information submitted by community members, Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies successfully recovered the truck that struck and killed a beloved community member who was riding her bike on Sunday.

According to a post shared by YCSO crews, one of the tips led to positive identification of the truck that killed 66-year-old Wendy Baker last Sunday. This was just one of many phone calls, emails, voicemails and online tips submitted from across the Yakima Valley.

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On the morning of June 17, 2022, deputies located the truck at a construction site in Yakima County’s East Valley. They have since brought the truck to an evidence facility so investigators can take the next step in building their case and finding a suspect.

Baker was riding her bicycle on Summitview Ave with a large group on June 12, 2022, when a pickup truck sped down the road and struck her. The driver, whose identity has not yet been confirmed, hurried away from the scene of the collision without stopping.

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She was a crucial member of the Yakima Valley College community for her many years building the institution’s nursing program. Family, loved ones, students, colleagues and friends are gathered for a memorial service on Tuesday afternoon.

This is a developing news story. An update and/or follow-up will be issued as new details unfold.

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