Man killed in hit-and-run while shoveling snow, suspect arrested

Police have arrested a hit-and-run suspect who killed a man while he was shoveling snow outside an Everett business Saturday morning. 

According to the Washington State Patrol (WSP), Troopers responded to Kirkland RV Sales on State Route 99, just north of Lincoln Way for reports of a fatal crash at 8:35 a.m.

Authorities say a driver was driving northbound on SR 99 when they struck and killed an 40-year-old employee who was shoveling snow near the sidewalk. 

Troopers say the driver got out of his car, and took off running. He was arrested on Dec. 8. 

"Something like this is pretty emotional," said WSP Trooper Rocky Oliphant. "This is a person they describe as a great worker – he was a hard worker. He was someone that came out and every time that they arrived, he'd already shoveled the snow out of the way. He just got tasks done, so it's something that they have to deal with, and it's an unfortunate event for everybody."

Troopers closed the right lane of northbound SR 99 to investigate the incident.

"Weather didn't play a role other than the fact that a person was out shoveling snow on the access point," said Trooper Oliphant. "If you're driving a vehicle – whatever the roadway conditions are, you're responsible for your driving and driving in a safe manner."

The suspect was booked into Snohomish County Jail for felony hit-and-run vehicular homicide and first-degree murder.

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