More ugly details in Puyallup hit and run

I missed this item on King5 yesterday:
Witnesses say John McRae III was riding his bike down Main Street in Puyallup at roughly 8 p.m. when he was hit from behind.

Pieces of evidence left at the scene suggest the driver knew he hit McRae.

"It's over 300 feet of debris, so we think the victim was drug," said Lt. Dave McDonald, of the Puyallup Police Department. "So this is not a brush off the shoulder into the ditch. The victim was left in the middle of the street."

McRae, a 51-year-old from Sumner, died at the scene, despite wearing a helmet.

Well, a helmet isn't going to do much good when you're dragged for 300 feet, then left in the middle of the street. We also get:
The car is registered to a Puyallup woman and to 23-year-old Blair Jensen. Since Jensen matches the description of the driver seen by witnesses, police call him a "person of interest" in the case. They want to talk to him immediately.

Jensen is not considered a suspect.

Whoever is responsible will likely face vehicular homicide charges for causing the death of John McRae.

I don't get it. Get caught on camera for speeding, and the owner of the car is not only a suspect, but in most jurisdictions, considered guilty by the preponderance of evidence (a few crappy photos triggered by a sensor). Here, we actually have witnesses, and the apparent driver isn't even a suspect?

Full story here.

At least vehicular homicide is a Class A felony in this state, with a max term of life. I bet he gets a couple years, if he gets anything at all. A cyclists life isn't worth much, even in this state.


Anonymous said...

FYI - autopsy reports showed The 'cyclist' was drunk.
And due to that, was swerving into the road :)
But oh yeah... they love making people look guilty and the dead people look innocent.
It always plays out that way.

Anonymous said...

look here motherfucker, that was my best friends dad. and you are gunna sit here and justify that ignorant motherfucker? you are a disgrace. you make it seem like he did nothing wrong. i'm sure blair was drunk or high, because why the fuck else woul he have been on the run for 3 days, trying to get the shit out of his system? how do u even know Chip was swerving into the road? even if Chip was drunk, hitting him with a car then dragging him for 300 feet is right? you are a complete dumbass.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever seen Jensens record? I guarantee he was drunk and more likely then not high. He deserves to go to jail for the rest of his life. The cyclist being drunk does not justify what heppened that night, being drunk and riding a bike does not equate a fair death sentence which is what Chip got. And the worst part of it all? Blair's apparent lack of sympathy after everything happened: Running, evading, bragging about bail, and breaking laws still...