The victim, a 73-year-old pedestrian, died as a result of his injuries from the collision near the intersection of 108th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 208th Street, according to police.
Kent police arrested a city employee Saturday night after a driver struck and killed a pedestrian and fled the scene of the collision.
The suspect driver is a 37-year-old part-time employee of the city of Kent and was driving a pickup truck owned by the city, according to information posted to the Kent Police Department’s Facebook page late Saturday and to the City of Kent’s Facebook page Sunday. He was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a collision, according to the city’s news release.
The victim was identified as 73-year-old Alan Kern by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday.
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Kern died as a result of his injuries at the crash scene near the intersection of 108th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 208th Street, according to police.
Witnesses called 911 at 6:07 p.m. to report the crash, and one witness followed the pickup after it left the scene and got the driver to stop a few blocks away, according to the city’s news release, which was signed by Mayor Dana Ralph.
The driver denied hitting the pedestrian but admitted he’d been drinking, and a breath test found his blood-alcohol content was “well above the legal limit,” according to the release.
The suspect was assigned to the Parks Department’s maintenance division and had worked for the city for less than four months, according to the release.
“The city has long been committed to a substance-free workplace. Our employees are prohibited from using alcohol on duty or performing any city business while under the influence of alcohol. Having violated our substance-abuse policies, the employee will not be returning to work at the city, no matter the outcome of the criminal case,” Ralph said in the release. “I again express my condolences to the friends and family of the pedestrian who died in this tragic incident. They have my deep sympathy for their loss.”
The city of Kent will request that an outside agency review the investigation of the case, according to the release.