State police arrested a 27-year-old man Friday afternoon, hours after two pedestrians were fatally struck by a car on Highway 524 in Bothell, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The two pedestrians, a man and a woman, were walking along the north side of Highway 524 when a car crashed into them, said State Patrol Trooper Rocky Oliphant. They died at the scene and were found by a jogger around 10 a.m., Oliphant said.
The man was 32 years old and the woman was about 40 years old, he said.
Later Friday, a State Patrol trooper had stopped by a nearby 7-Eleven to review surveillance footage when he looked out the window and saw a silver Chevrolet Malibu with a cracked windshield pull up outside, Oliphant said.
The trooper went outside to talk to the driver, a Bothell man, who told police he had been driving on Highway 524 earlier that day. When asked about the windshield, he said he thought he had hit a trash can on his way to work that morning, according to Oliphant. The man said he didn’t stop afterward.
State Patrol took him into custody and booked him into Snohomish County Jail later Friday on investigation of two counts of felony hit-and-run.
A stretch of Highway 524 was closed for several hours Friday morning while officials cleared the scene.
No further information about the victims or the suspect was immediately available.