Attorneys For Teen Deadly Crash Suspect Want Him Released
A 17-year-old suspect arrested September 16 following a shooting and crash in which three women were killed is currently being held in the Yakima County Juvenile jail as an investigation continues. Attorney's for the teen, facing a charge of vehicular homicide asked but were denied a request to release the suspect on Thursday.
Police say the teen suspect is a well known gang member in Yakima
Police describe the teen as a well known Yakima gang member who suffered a broken femur in the crash on Lincoln Avenue in which two women died. Bail was maintained at $250,000 on Thursday.
Another hearing is set for Tuesday in an effort by his attorney's to lower the bail amount.
If the teen would have gained freedom Thursday it would have been the second time.
Yakima Police say the teen should have been behind bars on an assault charge on an unrelated matter before the shooting and crash in Yakima. It's not known if prosecutors will try and move the case to adult court.
Before the crash a gang related shooting happened in downtown Yakima
Before the crash Yakima Police say people in two vehicles exchanged gunfire at the intersection of South 1st Street and East Yakima Avenue.
During the shooting a 21-year-old woman driving an Audi was shot and killed. The 17-year-old teen, who was a passenger in the Audi, pulled the woman into the back seat and jumped into the driver seat and took off eventually getting into the crash on Lincoln Avenue.
a 21-year-old female, along with her 52-year-old mother died instantly.
The investigation into the crash and shooting continues
Authorities are still searching for the suspects involved in the shooting in downtown Yakima before the crash. The case is currently under investigation by the Yakima Police Major Crimes and Gang Unit, along with the Yakima Police Traffic Unit. Anyone with information, video, or may have witnessed the collision or shooting is encouraged to contact YPD at:(509) 575-6200.