Police: Man ran in front of estranged wife’s car in fatal collision

TACOMA, Wash. — Tacoma police arrested a woman they say hit and killed her estranged husband with her car.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, officers were called to South 10th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way for a report of a man who had been hit by a vehicle that had fled the scene.

Officers arrived and found a 52-year-old man lying in the street. Police gave him aid until medics arrived and took him to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

Investigators said witnesses identified the driver of the car who hit the man as his estranged wife.

According to the Tacoma police spokesperson Wendy Haddow, these witnesses claimed she had deliberately run the man over.

Initially, the department labeled the incident as a “homicide investigation.” However, new evidence emerged that changed things.

After tracking down the 41-year-old wife and looking over surveillance footage, investigators made a major pivot.

“It appears the victim ran out in front of the suspects moving vehicle,” Haddow said.

The woman was cleared of a homicide investigation, but was booked for a hit-and-run for leaving the scene.