A judge found probable cause to hold a 38-year-old Bellevue man suspected of fleeing the fatal car crash that killed Lindsay Hill.
A 38-year-old man who is suspected of fleeing a car crash that killed his girlfriend had his first court appearance Friday. A King County District Court judge found probable cause to hold him in jail pending charges.
The Bellevue man was arrested on Thursday morning after police say he crashed his 1992 Lexus LS into a utility box just before midnight on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old victim was identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office as Lindsay Hill.
About a half-hour before the crash, a woman in South Seattle flagged down a police officer to report that she had seen a man in a black Lexus assaulting a woman in the car, according to the certification of probable cause that lays out the police case against the suspect.
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As the witness followed the car, she watched as a coat, wallet and purse were thrown from one of the car’s windows, police allege.
The couple returned to retrieve the coat, but left the wallet and purse behind, which the witness picked up and turned over to Seattle police. Police say they contained IDs for both Hill and the suspect.
At 11:38 p.m., Bellevue police responded to a crash near 119th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 60th Street, the court document says.
Witnesses reported hearing screeching tires and a loud bang; then the power went out in the surrounding area, police say. Witnesses also told police that a woman’s body was underneath the car and that a man wearing all-black clothing had run from the scene, according to the probable cause document.
Bellevue police say in the probable cause document that the crash occurred in front of the apartment complex where Hill lived with her two sons, 7 and 13, and the suspect.
Police say that before officers arrived, the victim’s older boy had run from the apartment complex out into the street where his mother’s body was lying, the court document says.
One of Hill’s friends told police that the victim had been dating the suspect, who was recently released from prison, and that the relationship was a violent one, the court document says.
The suspect was arrested on Thursday morning after a person reported seeing a blood-covered man walking around an apartment building near the site of the crash, according to police.
Officers found the suspect, confirmed he was the owner of the vehicle involved in the crash and then took him into custody.
The suspect has a criminal history that includes multiple motor-vehicle theft convictions, obstruction and assault, court records show.
The Seattle Times is not naming the suspect, who is being held on investigation of vehicular assault and felony hit and run, because he has not yet been charged.
He is being held without bail and scheduled for a second court appearance on Nov. 17.
A gofundme account to benefit Hill’s sons has been set up by her friends.