Vehicular Homicide Suspect Hannah Hahn: 'Was Too Afraid To Stop' - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Vehicular Homicide Suspect Hannah Hahn: 'Was Too Afraid To Stop'

SPOKANE, Wash. - The woman charged with hitting and killing a man with her SUV Friday night told police she hit a person but "was too afraid to stop" and help.

Hannah K. Hahn, 21, was formally charged by Spokane County prosecutors Tuesday with one count of vehicular homicide and one count of failure to remain at the scene of an accident when she struck 47-year-old Dennis Burgess with her green Dodge Durango around 2am Saturday at the intersection of Hawthorne and Market. Investigators said Hahn left Burgess's body lying on Market Street and sped away. Burgess later died at the hospital.

Hahn made her first appearance for the vehicular homicide charges on Wednesday. Her bond is $50,000.

Shortly after leaving the intersection of Hawthorne and Market, a Spokane County deputy pulled Hahn over for speeding, blowing through a stop sign, and possibly driving with a suspended license just south of Hawthorne Street. He, and several other officers, noticed extensive damage to the front of Hahn's vehicle including a broken windshield, broken grill, a "caved-in" hood and glass on the dashboard, according to court documents. Officers also found green pieces of plastic scattered in the street where Burgess was struck.

Prosecutors allege Hahn was drunk driving at the time of incident. In documents, one officer reported "detecting the odor of intoxicants coming from the defendant" while a deputy "removed small bottles of alcohol."

Police originally booked Hahn into jail on vehicular assault charges but she quickly got out of jail on $2,500 bond. Two days later, on Monday, Hahn was scheduled to appear in Spokane County court to face formal charges. At that point police planned to drop the assault charges and charged Hahn with vehicular homicide instead. She briefly appeared in the courtroom with her mother and friends but left before Judge Annette Pleas began calling cases. The judge ruled that Hahn failed to appear.

Apparently Hahn had tried to turn herself into jail that same day but the jail would not take her. In an email exchange between Michael Elston, Assistant Public Defender, and Larry Steinmetz, Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor, Elston said Hahn waited at the Spokane County jail for two hours on Monday but said the "officers contacted did not want her." Elston said he sent jail officers an email and left three voicemails asking to book Hahn, but said no one would.

Hahn was booked into jail on Tuesday. KHQ reached out to her for an interview but she declined.

Hahn has two misdemeanor convictions including minor in possession and possession of another's ID from 2010. She also had a failure to appear in 2010.

Earlier this week KHQ spoke to several of Burgess' family members Monday who said Burgess was a "friend to everyone." Burgess leaves behind a very large family including several brothers and sisters, children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Burgess' family said he took care of his mom and grandmother who was recently diagnosed with dementia. In a phone interview with Burgess' niece, who lives in the Tri-Cities, she said Burgess loved listening to music, playing video games, laughing and spending time with his family.

Burgess was a Spokane native who graduated from Rogers High School in 1983. He was a retired contractor and landscaper.

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