Hit-And-Run Victim's Family: Dennis Burgess Was a "Friend to Eve - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Hit-And-Run Victim's Family: Dennis Burgess Was a "Friend to Everyone"

SPOKANE, Wash - The woman facing charges for hitting and killing a Spokane man with her SUV never showed up for her first appearance in Spokane County Superior Court Monday.
 
Hannah K. Hahn, 21, appeared briefly in court but left before the judge began calling cases. Police recommended vehicular homicide charges Monday, a step up from vehicular assault charges, after Spokane Police reported Hahn hit 47-year-old Dennis Burgess with her car around 2am Saturday at the intersection of Hawthorne and Market, and then left the scene. Police received a call shortly thereafter that a body was lying in the street. When police and emergency crews responded, officials said Burgess had suffered severe injuries to his head and was unconscious. He was rushed to the hospital but Burgess later died of those injuries.
 
In the courtroom Monday, the judge ruled that Hahn failed to appear to face her charges, much to the disappointment of several of Burgess' family members. Police said an arrest warrant could be forthcoming. 
 
Investigators also revealed Monday they believe Hahn was drinking at the time of the alleged hit and run. Shortly after Burgess was hit, a deputy pulled Hahn over speeding on Market Street. The deputy also noticed damage to Hahn's car that looked like it had been in a wreck. In court documents, one officer reported "detecting the odor of intoxicants" coming from Hahn's car, while another officer "removed small bottles of alcohol".
 
Officers said Hahn's car had a broken windshield and had damage to the front and hood of the car. Police said they then transported Hahn to Holy Family Hospital where they gave her an involuntary blood draw.
 
Hahn was booked for vehicular assault but bonded out of jail the next day. Police increased the charges to vehicular homicide after Burgess died.
 
KHQ spoke to several of Burgess' family members Monday who said Burgess was a family man and a "friend to everyone." Burgess leaves behind a very large family including several brothers and sisters, children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Burgess also cared for his mom as well as his grandmother who was recently diagnosed with dementia.
 
Burgess was a Spokane native who graduated from Rogers High School in 1983. He was a retired contractor and landscaper.

Burgess' niece, Candice Yamaura, said he loved listening to music, playing video games, laughing and spending time with family. He was 47 years old.

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