• Police hope surveillance video will ID driver in fatal hit-and-run


    SUMNER, Wash. - Police are hoping surveillance video may help identify a car involved in a hit-and-run in Sumner that killed a young woman earlier this month.

    An anonymous donor is offering $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, prosecution and conviction of the subject of this investigation, police said Monday.

     On Oct. 5, Rachel Givens, 23, was struck just before 11 p.m. while trying to cross the East Valley Highway in the 2700 block to get to the Log Cabin Pub and Eatery. 

     The street does not have any street lights or crosswalks.

     After striking Givens, the driver continued north on East Valley Highway.

     Givens was transported to Tacoma General Hospital and was taken off life support last week.

     Friends said Givens was a para-educator, helping challenged students and coaching middle school basketball for Muckleshoot Tribal School.

     Surveillance video obtained by police shows a car traveling from left to right across the screen on the East Valley Highway. 

     Sumner police hope the video and the public can help them identify the car or determine a more complete description of the car, which appears to be a dark small sedan or sports car. 

     The car would have front-end damage and possible damage to the windshield. 

     In addition, officers are also hoping that the occupants of a witness vehicle will contact the Sumner police.

     A second vehicle, which is not visible in the video footage, appears to be a silver Subaru Outback that was driving southbound on the East Valley Highway just after the incident occurred.

     Police ask anyone with any information about a hit-and-run on Saturday, October 5, to leave a message for detectives at 253-299-5678 (253-299-TIPS).  

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