An 18-year-old woman who jumped from a Bellevue overpass onto Interstate 405 last weekend died after she hit a semi-truck during her fall, police said.

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An 18-year-old woman who jumped from a Bellevue overpass onto Interstate 405 last weekend died after she hit a semi-truck during her fall, police said.

Police said Saturday that the Bellevue woman had committed suicide, but they had been investigating whether someone driving a vehicle knowingly struck her and then left the scene. It appeared the woman had been carried some distance before falling to the ground, said Bellevue police spokesman Michael Chiu.

A 43-year-old truck driver told police Monday that his truck was damaged and that the woman probably had hit his vehicle. He heard a noise while driving near the overpass Saturday but didn’t see anything unusual and kept driving, Chiu said.

After seeing news reports of the suicide, the man was one of several witnesses to come forward. He wasn’t aware the woman had hit his truck, and he will not be charged with a crime, Chiu said.


Murdered woman was stabbed in chest

A 33-year-old woman found slain in her Covington home last week was killed by a stab wound to the chest, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The death of Jesika Poni Woni also was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.

According to investigators, Poni Woni was killed by her husband, Waani John James-Soka.

James-Soka, 44, then committed suicide Dec. 12, hours after the homicide, by crashing his Subaru station wagon on Highway 18 near Issaquah.

Donations to a fund to benefit the couple’s four children may be made at any Washington Mutual or Bank of America branch or through the Southern Sudanese Community of Washington, 510 Second Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119. Information also is available online at


Council limits camps to 90 days

The Bothell City Council approved an ordinance Monday night that would limit homeless encampments, such as Tent City 4, to stays of no longer than 90 days in the city.

The vote passed unanimously, said Joyce Goedeke, the city’s spokeswoman. Four council members were present and three had excused absences, she said.

Goedeke said the city previously had no regulations pertaining to the issue, she added. Tent City 4 spent a few months in the city starting in May 2004.


Sewage-plant work to begin in spring

With all but one legal challenge behind it, King County is scheduled to begin construction of the Brightwater sewage plant early next year.

Snohomish County halted efforts to delay the $1.5 billion project in October after King County agreed to $70 million in enhancements at the plant site, in Snohomish County where Highway 9 meets Highway 522 just north of Woodinville.

King County will start with a 3-mile segment of a pipeline that will carry treated wastewater from Brightwater to Bothell. Construction of the next two sections of the line — from Bothell to Lake Ballinger and from Lake Ballinger to Point Wells — should begin six and 12 months, respectively, after work on the first section starts, said Christie True, King County’s Brightwater manager.

The 13-mile pipeline will take about five years to complete.

Site preparation for the treatment plant is to begin next spring. The plant, which will serve parts of Snohomish and King counties, is scheduled to go online by 2010.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau