MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) — A 15-year-old driver decided to “scare” a jogger running along a rural road — and then fled after fatally striking him with her car, prosecutors say.
The girl was charged Tuesday with second-degree felony murder and felony hit-and-run. She turned herself in last week, almost two months after the death of 53-year-old Greg Moore.
According to the charging papers, the girl, from SeaTac, was driving a relative’s Toyota Camry without permission around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 18. When she saw Moore on his early morning run, she deliberately veered toward him, the account says.
She and her 14-year-old passenger later laughed about the way the man “flew over the car,” say the criminal charges, the Seattle Times reported.
Moore was reported missing by his wife that morning when he failed to return from a 15-mile run.
Just before 11 a.m., a woman called 911 and said she had found a man dead in a ditch in front of a church about 2½ miles from the Moores’ home, in unincorporated King County at the east edge of the Seattle metro area.
He had been knocked out of his shoes and suffered injuries including a skull fracture. There were pieces of a headlight lens cover nearby, the charges say.
Sheriff’s detectives obtained surveillance video from businesses that showed Moore running east along the two-lane road near the church around 6:10 a.m. The same cameras several minutes later captured two cars eastbound on the same road: a gray Toyota Camry followed closely by a silver Ford Escape.
After images of the Camry were released, a woman came forward on Sept. 7 to say she thought it might be her car, which had front-end damage that a teenage relative reportedly attributed to someone hitting it with a baseball bat.
Two days later, the girl’s father brought her to the sheriff’s SeaTac precinct office, where she was arrested.
The Camry’s passenger reportedly confirmed to detectives that the girl had hit the jogger — as did the Ford Escape’s 15-year-old driver, who was a friend of the pair. According to the court documents, they said she had intended to “bump” him, “but not too hard.”
The two estimated the car was going 50 mph at the time of the collision. The speed limit on that stretch of road is 40.
The girl was being held at the Children and Family Justice Center in Seattle.
Though Moore’s widow has called for the suspect to be charged as an adult, a spokesperson said the prosecutor is not seeking to have the case moved out of juvenile court.
On Tuesday — the 30th anniversary of the Moores’ wedding — Michelle Moore told TV station KING: “I would argue that the brutality of her crime and blatant disregard for human life warrants her being tried as an adult.”