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Suspect arrested after hit-and-run that killed a Washington State Ferries worker

Police have arrested a suspect following the hit-and-run death of a Washington State Ferries worker in Port Orchard, the Washington State Patrol said Monday.
Police have arrested a suspect following the hit-and-run death of a Washington State Ferries worker in Port Orchard, the Washington State Patrol said Monday. Washington State Patrol

Police have arrested a suspect following the hit-and-run death of a Washington State Ferries worker in Port Orchard, the Washington State Patrol said Monday.

The hit-and-run that killed 34-year-old Katherine Phillips of Belfair took place early in the morning of March 22, said Trooper Russ Winger in a tweet announcing the arrest. The suspect is being charged with felony hit-and-run and is being held at Kitsap County Jail.

Winger said Phillips stopped to help a driver who had run out of gas on her way home from an overnight shift with the Washington State Ferries at about 5 a.m.

She drove to a nearby gas station and returned with a can of gas. Winger says while she and the driver of the disabled vehicle filled the tank, a gold or tan sedan drove by and hit her. Phillips died at the scene, and the stranded motorist was not injured, Winger said.

Candice Ruud: 253-597-8441, @candiceruud
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