Charges filed in Kenmore hit and run fatality

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

King County Deputies were called to the 18400 block of 62nd Ave. NE in Kenmore around 1:30 a.m. last Monday (Oct. 21) after a woman walking her dog came across a deceased man on the side of the road, according to Sergeant Cindi West, King County Sheriff spokesperson.

Trauma to the victim’s body was consistent with being hit by a vehicle, and detectives said debris left at the scene included part of a head light that likely came from a 2003-2004, Ford F150.  Detectives also said the damaged headlight came from the right, front (passenger side) of the vehicle.

Later that day at about 2 p.m. a 24-year-old female turned herself in at the Kenmore Police Station for the fatal hit and run from earlier that morning. She directed officers to the truck which was recovered and towed from the 18700 block of Kenlake Place.

As it turned out, the woman who turned herself in was the same woman who discovered the deceased man and called 911. A charge of Felony Hit and Run was filed later in the  week against Sydney Katelane Jones,the woman who is accused in the fatal hit and run in Kenmore on Monday.

She was driving a pickup truck when she allegedly struck 31-year-old Joseph David Humphreys who was walking on the shoulder of the road. The defendant did not stop after hitting the victim.

The defendant is out of jail after posting $25,000 bond. Arraignment is scheduled for November 7 at the King County Courthouse.

Area residents may remember the victim as a long time employee at Ooba Tooba’s Mexican Restaurant and Grill in Woodinville.

Humphreys worked at Oobas from June of 2005 to 2012, beginning as a cashier and working his way up to manager. 

The popular employee is fondly remembered by the staff at the restaurant.

"He was genuinely a nice person who will be sorely missed," said Mark Johnson, one of Ooba’s owners.

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