Washington

Jul 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Features

Seattle Hit-and-Run Driver Charged With Vehicular Homicide

The driver of a vehicle that struck and killed Washington State towing operator William Padilla has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run, news reports said. Police say Shavelle Lewis, 20, was the driver of an SUV that crossed five lanes of traffic and hit Padilla in the early morning of September 24 on Interstate 5 southbound in Seattle.

Police arrested Lewis on September 24, but court paperwork was not submitted by the State Patrol within the deadline set by the state, and she was released on September 28. A judge issued an arrest warrant yesterday, reports said. Prosecutors have asked for bail to be set at $150,000.


Seattle Woman Who Allegedly Killed Tow Truck Driver Released From Jail

A 20-year-old Seattle woman who allegedly killed a tow truck driver on Interstate 5 Friday, September 24, was expected to be released from custody Tuesday, September 28, according to a news report.

State Patrol detectives did not submit paperwork on its investigation into the case to the King County Prosecutor’s Office in time for criminal charges to be filed, the report states. The Prosecutor’s Office by law had 72 hours from the woman’s arrest Friday morning to file charges or release her.

However, Prosecutor’s Spokesman Dan Donohoe said state patrol detectives are expected to deliver their paperwork to the prosecutors today, at which time charges will be filed, according to the report.

William Anthony Padilla, 51, of Burien, was kneeling next to a disabled vehicle on the entrance ramp from Spokane Street to southbound Interstate 5 at around 1:15 a.m. Friday when the woman allegedly swerved across the freeway, fatally struck him and drove away. The woman and a 31-year-old male passenger were located a few minutes later at the bottom of an exit ramp where one was urinating. Detectives believe both driver and passenger were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision, the report states.

The woman, who was believed to be the driver, was arrested and booked for investigation of vehicular homicide. Her bail was set at $150,000, according to the report.

According to court documents, the young woman has a criminal history that began when she was arrested for prostitution at age 14. Since then she has had numerous run-ins with the law, including a 2009 hit-and-run charge filed in Seattle Municipal Court for hitting an unoccupied vehicle and leaving the scene, the report states.

A bench warrant for her arrest for failure to enroll in a program designed to help women in the sex industry get out of the business was issued on Sept. 21, and she was booked into King County Jail on Sept. 22. It appears she was released after posting bail the following day – one day before the incident with Padilla, according to the report.

Sande Tillett-Hain, the office manager at GT Towing where Padilla worked for about five years, was outraged at the prospect of her walking free, the report states. David Padilla, the victim’s brother, however, said he was not overly concerned about her release and felt no sense of revenge, according to the news report.

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