Camas woman arrested in fatal hit-run

Jessica VanWechel, 30, appears in Clark County Superior Court in Vancouver, Wash., on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. VanWechel is accused of a fatal hit-and-run that killed 65-year-old Stephen Dewey while he crossed a Vancouver street using a walker on Oct. 28, 2013. (KOIN 6 News/Lory Olson)
Jessica VanWechel, 30, appears in Clark County Superior Court in Vancouver, Wash., on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. VanWechel is accused of a fatal hit-and-run that killed 65-year-old Stephen Dewey while he crossed a Vancouver street using a walker on Oct. 28, 2013. (KOIN 6 News/Lory Olson)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Investigators have arrested the suspected driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed an elderly man who was using a walker to cross a Vancouver street last year.

Camas police took 30-year-old Jessica B. VanWechel into custody Wednesday night.

Wechel is accused of hitting Stephen Dewey while he was crossing Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard at 105th Avenue on Oct. 28, 2013. Dewey was taken to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries on Nov. 6.

According to a news release, Vancouver police detectives developed probable cause that VanWechel was the wanted driver and notified area law enforcement agencies. At about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, Camas police officers pulled her car over and arrested her.

Vancouver police did not elaborate on how they identified VanWechel as the suspect.

She was lodged in the Clark County Jail on counts of hit-and-run and third-degree driving with a suspended license.

VanWechel made her first appearance Thursday in Clark County Superior Court. Her bail was set at $75,000.

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