Driver turns herself in for deadly hit-and-run

A 35-year-old woman admitted to being the driver

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — A 44-year-old man died when he was hit by a car late Saturday night in Vancouver and witnesses told police a white sedan fled the scene.

The victim, Richard Waller, was found in the eastbound lane in the 2300 block of NE Minnehaha Street around 11:30 p.m., the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said. The man is a transient, and a shopping cart was found near him, officials said.

Witnesses told investigators the small car, possibly a mid-1990s Nissan Pathfinder, hit the man. He was wearing dark clothes and walking in the inside lane pushing his cart when he was hit, they said.

On Sunday morning, 35-year-old Jessica Bankhead of Vancouver turned herself in and admitted to being the driver who hit the man. She was booked into the Clark County Jail for felony hit and run. Deputies seized her Pathfinder as evidence and found damage consistent with the crash.

Detectives believe alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.