Coroners identify pedestrian in S. Wapato Road hit and run
NEAR TOPPENISH, Wash. - Troopers say one is dead in a car crash in which an unidentified driver hit the pedestrian and left the scene.
Reports from Washington State Patrol (WSP) said a person was walking at the 3500 block of South Wapato Road in the northbound lanes when an unknown vehicle struck him and drove off.
A second driver from Toppenish, was driving a 2006 Ford Focus when his vehicle struck the dead body that was lying in the road, some time later. Troopers said the second driver called 9-1-1.
Law enforcement responded around 5:43 a.m. Tuesday.
WSP troopers said the amount of time the person had been lying dead in the road is unknown.
[Update, Oct. 23] Yakima County coroner Jack Hawkins said the victim was identified as 16-year-old Jeremiah John Whitefoot, from Toppenish.
White's family identified him on the evening of October 20.
Yakima County coroner Jack Hawkins said the victim is a 13-16 year old Native American male with black hair and brown eyes. He's between 5'3 and 5'5 tall and weighs 165 pounds.
Reports said he was wearing a tie die t-shirt, tan pants and black tennis shoes. Troopers said he had a pink, Native American blanket with him when he was found.
The cause of this collision is unknown and currently under investigation.