Anonymous Tip Leads to Arrest of Fatal Hit and Run Suspect
Woman in Eatonville hit from behind while riding her bike
August 15, 2018
(Eatonville, WA) – The Washington State Patrol says an anonymous tip led to the arrest of a 37-year-old Roy, Washington man man suspected of striking and killing a bicyclist on State Route 7 at 320th Street East early Thursday morning of last week.
CLICK TO ENLARGE: Picture of suspect vehicle in fatal hit and run. Photo: WSP
On the morning of August 9th, Susan Rainwater of Eatonville was riding her bicycle on the northbound shoulder of State Route 7 approaching 320th St. East when sometime between 9:21 am and 9:24 am Rainwater was struck as a vehicle, also traveling northbound, left the roadway and hit Rainwater from behind, according to a statement from the WSP.
Detectives were able to locate fragments from what they believed to be the front headlight assembly of a dark colored vehicle on scene.
The next day, Friday, August 10th the WSP obtained an anonymous tip received by the Pierce County Sherriff’s Office. “The tip included a vehicle license plate and described front end damage to the right side headlight assembly of a pickup truck,” said the statement.
The anonymous tip came after a picture tweeted of broken car parts found at the scene received more than 600 comments on Reddit.com from car enthusiasts and mechanics around the nation. One commenter, who identified himself as a Maryland State Vehicle Inspector, narrowed it down to a mid-1980s Chevrolet truck headlamp bezel.
This tip led detectives to the location and eventual arrest of 37-year-old Jeremy Simon on Tuesday morning. He was booked into the Pierce County Jail on a chare of vehicular homicide and hit and run resulting in a death.
The WSP says Simon is known to drive a 1986 Chevrolet K-10 pickup registered to his father. Simon admitted to detectives that he “fled the scene after striking Rainwater.”
“The WSP and its detectives would like to thank the community for their assistance with providing numerous tips and leads that helped to solve this case,” said the patrol’s statement.
Simon is scheduled to be arraigned today, Wednesday, August 15, 2018 in Pierce County Superior Court.
The developments in this case which led to the tip that then led to an arrest are so unusual, they made it to a BBC “trending” story you’ll find here .