A woman suspected of intentionally hitting two teenage girls outside Chief Sealth International High School on Wednesday turned herself into Seattle police Thursday afternoon.
The 37-year-old woman had told police she would turn herself in Wednesday afternoon, but she did not do so until 4:25 p.m. Thursday at the Seattle Police Department’s South Precinct, according to the department. After being taken downtown for questioning, police booked her into a King County Jail for investigation of felony assault.
The suspect allegedly struck the 17-year-old and 18-year-old around 10:15 a.m. in the 2600 block of Southwest Thistle. Both were taken immediately to Harborview Medical Center. One girl is out of the hospital, and the other was in serious condition Wednesday night. She has since asked that the hospital not release updates on her condition.
Witnesses told police the teens were struck by the suspect’s vehicle after the suspect engaged in a physical fight with one of the teens, who she believed had hit her dog. The suspect then chased the teens with a Taser. As the teens tried to return to school, the suspect reappeared in a black Honda, accelerated into both girls and fled.
Before she turned herself in, KING 5 says, the woman called the news station to say the teenagers had provoked her. She told the news station the girls had surrounded her car, wouldn’t move and that one punched her in the nose when she got out of her car.
KING 5 also reported that the woman had agreed to be interviewed in White Center before turning herself in,but then backed out.