by: Lee Stoll Updated:
KENMORE, Wash. - The father of a man hit and killed this morning says he is relieved the driver turned herself in.
"It's a relief because somebody's decided they're taking responsibility for it," said Mark Humphreys, just minutes after he learned a 24-year-old Kenmore woman turned herself in to authorities. The woman is suspected of hitting Mark's son, J.D. Humphreys, as he walked home to his parent's house.
Relatives were combing the neighborhood this morning looking for the truck themselves. The loss was too much for J.D.'s aunt. She collapsed at the memorial and was taken to the hospital but is OK.
"We know the whole neighborhood and if he's coming down this way we think he lives around here somewhere," said J.D.'s uncle, Rich White.
Detectives say a woman walking her dog found Humphreys' body on the side of the road at about 1:30 a.m. Officers immediately matched a broken headlight to a Ford F-150 model of truck. It's exactly the kind of truck they seized from a home just two blocks from the crash.
"He didn't deserve to have to die this way. I don't think anybody does," said Humphreys.
Detectives aren't saying if speed or alcohol are factors, but Julie Price says drivers take the neighborhood road too fast.
"We're very cautious to cross the street to get our mail," said Price.
Neighbors are so concerned about speeding, they've started a petition to get speed bumps installed on the road.
The female driver is being booked into the King County Jail for felony hit-and-run.