A 16-year-old teen accused of fatally injuring a teenage skateboarder in Renton on Sunday has been charged with felony hit and run.
Court documents filed in King County Juvenile Court on Wednesday say the victim, Andrew Finnell, 17, was skateboarding in the street with his brother and a friend near Whitman Court Northeast and Northeast First Place around 5:40 p.m. when a white Dodge Magnum approached from behind. Finnell “put his arm behind him with his palm up to signal to the driver to slow or back away,” but the driver did not stop and instead struck the teen with the left front corner of his car, court documents say.
The Seattle Times is not naming the teen driver, who is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday morning, because he is charged as a juvenile. Prosecutors said they do not plan to charge the teen as an adult.
He has been released into his parents’ custody.
Court documents allege that the driver stopped his car after the accident, asked the victim’s brother why the teen was in the street, then drove off without leaving contact information, rendering aide or calling police. Finnell, 17, died of his injuries at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center on Tuesday.
The driver was located after the friend who was with Finnell and his brother told police he recognized the driver as a current or recent student at Hazen High School in Renton and found pictures of the suspect on Facebook, prosecutors said.