KENNEWICK — A Kennewick woman accused of leaving her friend injured in the middle of the road after hitting her with an SUV in October has been charged with hit-and-run.
Charges were filed Wednesday in Benton County Superior Court against Bobi Jennings, 29.
Police and prosecutors allege Jennings was on her way to pick up her friend, Aimee Dilger, 33, of Kennewick, when she struck her and fled the scene.
Shortly after the Oct. 24 incident, Jennings' defense attorney, Scott Johnson, said his client wasn't the driver of the SUV that hit Dilger and stood by that claim Wednesday.
"We're obviously disappointed that the decision to charge her was made," Johnson said. "Last week we provided the Kennewick Police Department and prosecutors with some records that corroborated that my client didn't commit this crime."
Johnson said Jennings maintains her innocence and "we're just going to have to resolve it in trial."
She is expected to be arraigned next week.
Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin said there was a delay in charging Jennings because investigators were working on collecting additional evidence, including cell phone records, and reconstructing the accident scene.
Jennings and Dilger apparently had been at the same party early Oct. 24 when Dilger left because she got into a argument with her husband and started walking away, court documents said.
Dilger's husband followed and she stopped to talk to him in the 4600 block of South Garfield Street when she was hit by a small, dark SUV, police said.
Jennings allegedly had taken the keys to a dark blue Honda CRV that belonged to Dacia Urban and was on her way to pick Dilger up, documents said.
She pulled over after striking Dilger, then drove away and returned to the party a short distance away, documents said.
Officers went to the party and located the CRV, which had damage consistent with Dilger's injuries that did not exist before Urban had arrived at the party, documents said.
Urban said she gave Jennings a ride to the party, then Jennings took her keys so Urban couldn't drive later because she was planning on drinking.
Dilger said she had asked Jennings to pick her up and was expecting to meet her at 45th Avenue and Garfield Street, documents said.
A witness at the party also said they saw Jennings standing by the driver's side door of the CRV shortly before officers arrived.
Dilger, an emergency room nurse at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, suffered a skull fracture, injuries to her head and face, and fractures to her lumbar spine. She also previously told the Herald that she needs a total reconstruction of her lower left leg and likely will be out of work for at least a year.
2 Tri-Citans accused of drug possession after police smell pot
KENNEWICK — Two people were arrested on drug charges Tuesday after a tow truck driver alerted police to a stolen license plate.
The driver with Action Recovery was repossessing a vehicle when he saw it had a license plate taken from a state Department of Corrections vehicle, Kennewick police said.
Officers ended up detaining one man at 1201 W. Grand Ronde Ave., Apt. C, and then heard another man and woman arguing inside the apartment. Police smelled marijuana and got a search warrant for the home.
Guns and drugs later were seized, police said.
Shannon M. McFadden, 27, of Kennewick, and Eduardo Felix, 25, of Pasco, were arrested and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine.
The license plate theft is under investigation.
Detectives believe evidence may link brothers to other crimes
PROSSER — A search for a suspect wanted on a probation violation may have led Benton County sheriff's detectives to evidence to help close some unsolved crimes.
Detectives served a search warrant Wednesday at a home at 166401 W. Old Inland Empire Highway in Prosser, looking for Jorge Albarran, 18, said Detective Erik Magnuson.
Albarran had a warrant for a probation violation for possessing a firearm.
The Tri-City Regional SWAT team was called out to help serve the search warrant and Albarran and his brother, Javier, were arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Magnuson said.
Investigators also found other items in the home that may link the brothers to other crimes in the area, he said.
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