This image was shared by the King County Sheriff’s Office in announcing they had identified the driver in the fatal hit and run of a Maple Valley man.

This image was shared by the King County Sheriff’s Office in announcing they had identified the driver in the fatal hit and run of a Maple Valley man.

SeaTac girl, 16, charged in two hit-and-runs has Jan. 20 court date

A plea could be entered or a trial date set at hearing

A 16-year-old SeaTac girl accused of two hit-and-runs, one of which allegedly killed 53-year-old Gregory Moore of Maple Valley, has a juvenile case setting hearing scheduled for Jan. 20, according to a spokesperson for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

The girl has been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault and felony hit and run after investigators claimed she was the driver of the 2004 Toyota Camry that reportedly hit Moore and injured another in a separate hit-and-run incident. Both incidents occured in July.

She allegedly fled the scene where Moore was hit and the case remained unsolved until September when King County Sheriff’s Office detectives used headlight fragments found near the scene, along with video surveillance and other evidence, to identify the car.

During the investigation into Moore’s death, detectives also found evidence that led to further charges against the girl in a July hit and run in Des Moines that reportedly injured a pedestrian who has not yet been identified. She faces second-degree assault and felony hit and run in that case.

The juvenile case setting hearing is at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Child and Family Justice Center in Seattle. The defendant can decide to plead guilty and go to a sentencing hearing or plead not guilty and go to trial.

If found guilty as charged, she faces a sentence in juvenile court of up to five years as state law requires her to be released at age 21. If tried as an adult, the potential sentence would be much stiffer.

The Kent Reporter is not naming the girl because she is a juvenile. She was 15 on the date of the two cases.




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