A Kennewick man was identified Friday as the victim of a violent two-car hit and run in Pasco.
Jason Edward Smith, 36, died after the car he was driving near Road 36 and Sylvester Street was broadsided Thursday night by a white pickup truck.
The driver of the truck ran away and had yet to be arrested on Friday. A police dog tracked his scent to Road 40.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, 5-foot-8, possibly in his 20’s, wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans.
Police have spoken with the registered owner of the truck, said Capt. Ken Rose, police spokesman. The truck doesn’t appear to have been stolen.
Roske would not say if police have identified a suspect, only that detectives are following up on leads.
An autopsy Friday showed Smith died from injuries to his chest and head, said Roy McLean, Franklin County’s chief deputy coroner. The death has been ruled a homicide.
The crash happened about 5:20 p.m., shortly after the pickup driver fled from a police officer during a traffic stop at Fifth Avenue and Sylvester Street. Police say an officer tried to pull the truck over for making a unsafe lane change.
The suspect raced away and officers canceled the chase after a few blocks for safety reasons, Roske said.
The passenger side of the car he was driving was caved in during the crash. The car ended up on a sidewalk near a yard.
The Washington State Patrol is investigating the collision.
Mueller’s Funeral Homes in Kennewick is handling Smith’s funeral arrangements.
Anyone with information about Thursday’s crash or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call the Franklin County nonemergency line at 509-545-3510.