Yakima Detectives Close To Arrest of Hit and Run Driver
Detectives with the Yakima County Sheriff's Office are searching for the driver of a truck that hit and killed 66-year-old Wendy Baker of Yakima June 12 as she was riding a bike on Summitview Avenue. Last Friday a big step forward in the investigation was taken when the suspect's GMC Denali truck was found at a construction site on Postma Road in East Valley.
The truck remains at the evidence facility in Yakima
Since the truck was found on Friday detectives have been looking for evidence that could lead them to a driver. Detectives aren't saying if they have identified the driver. Deputies say a witness was nearby and followed the suspect until the driver fled in the 13000 block of Summitview Avenue.
Last week authorities asked homeowners and business owners to look for the suspect vehicle on security video and KIT News has learned the truck was found numerous times on cameras around the city hours before the same truck was involved in the crash on Summitview Avenue. What role that security camera footage has played in the investigation is unknown.
Baker was killed while riding with others on Summitview
Baker, a retired Yakima Valley College nursing director was killed Sunday, June 12 as she was riding her bicycle with a group of other bikers in the 11000 block of Summitview Avenue.
Deputies say a witness was nearby and followed the suspect until the driver fled in the 13000 block of Summitview Avenue.
Detectives know someone knows something
Detectives know they're close to finding the driver and they know someone knows something that could help them solve the case and make an arrest. Tips lead to the location of the truck now they're waiting for the tips that will lead them to the driver.
If you know anything you can help. Contact the Yakima County Sheriff's Office at 509-574-2500 or Yakima County Crime Stoppers at 800-248-9980.