Passenger dead and Kent driver behind bars after recklessly driving through White Center and Burien

A reckless night of drinking and driving left one dead and one man on the run only to be found hiding under a parked car. The crash took place in the early morning hours of August 14th when 26-year-old Benjamin Joseph Smith, the passenger, and an unnamed 24-year-old man from Kent, the driver, failed to make the turn at the intersection of S.W. 119th Street and Ambaum Boulevard and ran a late model white BMW into the jersey barrier on the opposite side of the road.

Emergency responders arrived to find that the driver had fled the scene and that Smith had been killed by a severe head injury caused by the impact. In thanks to King County Sheriff’s department’s Guardian One helicopter and K9 units, police were able to locate the driver who had hidden under a car in a nearby driveway.

Ambaum Boulevard was closed to through traffic before 3 a.m. and wasn’t reopened again until about 10 a.m. after wreckage had been cleared and police investigation on the scene had concluded. According to charging documents, the driver admitted to police that he had been drinking and they believe that he had been driving three times the posted speed limit before failing to negotiate the turn. The identity of the man has yet to be released but his bail has been set at $250,000 and he could be charged with DUI and vehicular homicide. No bystanders were injured in the accident. A memorial service for Benjamin Smith will be held at Christ Community Baptist Church on September 5th at 2 p.m. by his aunt and uncle.

Crimes reported between 8/2/15 and 8/16/15

Home and Business Larceny/Burglary:
9900 Blk Des Moines Memorial Dr. S., 15200 Blk Intl. Blvd. S., 900 Blk S. 194th St., 17600 Blk Intl. Blvd. S., 17100 Blk Intl. Blvd. S., 4000 Blk S. 164th St., 100 Blk S. 108th St., 9600 Blk 28th Ave. S.W., 1300 Blk S.W. 100th St., 400 Blk S. 112th St., 10700 Blk 14th Ave. S.W., 9600 Blk 28th Ave. S.W., 9600 Blk 18th Ave. S.W., 600 Blk S.W. 142nd St., 14300 Blk 1st Ave. S., 300 Blk S. 177th Pl., 11800 Blk 26th Ave. S., 11400 Blk 12th Ave. S.W., 11800 Blk 5th Ave. S., 12400 Blk 2nd Ave. S., 1200 Blk S.W. 152nd St., 16200 Blk Sylvester Rd., 300 Blk S. 177th Pl.

Auto Theft/Break-in:
>9900 Blk Des Moines Memorial Dr. S., 16400 Blk Military Rd. S., 17100 Blk Intl. Blvd. S., 9600 Blk 18th Ave. S.W., 9600 Blk 17th Ave. S.E., 11200 Blk 2nd Ln. S.W., 10800 Blk 2nd Ave. S., 2200 Blk S. 112th St., 100 Blk S.W. 157th St., 100 Blk S. 174th St., 16000 Blk 1st Ave. S., 16200 Blk Sylvester Rd., 15500 Blk 2nd Ave. S., 1600 Blk Seahurst Park Rd., 800 Blk S.W. 149th St., 12000 Blk 8th Ave. S.

Assault/Violence:
10100 Blk 8th Ave. S., 1800 Blk S. 136th St., 13600 Blk 16th Ave. S., 1800 Blk S. 136th St., 17800 Blk Military Rd. S., 17200 Blk 32nd Ave. S., 10600 Blk 14th Ave. S.W., 10200 Blk 20th Ave. S.W., 10800 Blk 6th Ave. S., 10600 Blk 14th Ave. S.W., 9600 Blk 16th Ave. S.W., 10000 Blk 11th Ave. S.W., 16200 Blk Sylvester Rd., 13800 Blk 6th Ave. S.W., 16200 Blk Sylvester Rd., 12300 Blk Ambaum Blvd. S., 11800 Blk 1st Ave. S., 11200 Blk 20th Ave. S., 15800 Blk 1st Ave. S., 11200 Blk 16th Ave. S.W., 200 Blk S. 152nd St., 16200 Blk Sylvester Rd., 800 Blk S.W. 136th St.

Property Crimes/Vandalism:
17200 Blk 33rd Ave. S., 4000 Blk S. 164th St., 17200 Blk Intl. Blvd. S., 4000 Blk S. 164th St., 16400 Blk Military Rd. S., 1200 Blk SW 98th St., 11000 Blk 4th Ave. S., 10000 Blk 28th Ave. S.W., 1500 Blk S.W. 100th St., 10000 Blk 11th Ave. S.W., 14300 Blk 1st Ave. S., 13700 Blk 10th Ave. S., 11200 Blk 21st Ave. S.W., 1800 Blk S. 120th St., 100 Blk S.W. 160th St.

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