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Man Was Racing When He Hit & Killed a Woman in Kennewick

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NBC Right Now has obtained court document that state Michael S. Johnson, who on Tuesday night hit and killed a woman with his car on W. 27th Avenue in Kennewick, was racing with his son. NBC Right Now has obtained court document that state Michael S. Johnson, who on Tuesday night hit and killed a woman with his car on W. 27th Avenue in Kennewick, was racing with his son.

KENNEWICK, WA - NBC Right Now has obtained court document that state Michael S. Johnson, who on Tuesday night hit and killed a woman with his car on W. 27th Avenue in Kennewick, was racing with his son.

Court documents show witnesses described Johnson's white Chevy Nova was racing a red Ford Mustang. The documents say the Mustang was driven by his son Aaron M. Johnson.

Witnesses reported the two cars were weaving through lanes, revving their engines and the Chevy Nova was driving around 50 to 60 miles per hour when he hit the victim.

The speed limit on W. 27th Avenue is 40 miles per hour.

Johnson and his son initially told police they were going about the speed limit. Later, they admitted to driving between 50 to 70 miles per hour.

Johnson made his first court appearance Wednesday. He could face charges of vehicular homicide.

"We can say this driver was driving in a reckless manor that contributed to the death of another person. That by definition is vehicular homicide," said Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department.

Johnson is in jail on a 72 hour hold while the accident is investigated.


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KENNEWICK, WA - Kennewick Police have identified the woman hit and killed in a car versus pedestrian accident Tuesday afternoon.

Officers say 52-year-old Nina Howard was crossing 27th Avenue near Ely Street on foot when she was hit by a white 1966 Chevy Nova. The driver, 46-year-old Michael S. Johnson of Kennewick, was heading eastbound on 27th Avenue.

The accident happened around 4:00P.M.

Howard was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family has been notified.

The case is still under investigation. Although Howard was crossing the street without a crosswalk, officers say it appears that the speed of the vehicle did play a factor in the collision.

Kennewick Police say right before the accident happened, there may have been a landscaping truck pulling a trailer that was in the area. The driver of that landscaping truck is a witness and police would like to speak to the driver.

Kennewick Police say investigators have finished consulting with the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Andy Miller and Miller has authorized Johnson to be booked into the Benton County Jail on a 72 hour incarceration hold for Vehicular Homicide.

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KENNEWICK, WA - A Kennewick woman was killed Tuesday afternoon when she was hit by a car on 27th Avenue near South Ely Street.

Officers say the 52-year-old woman was crossing 27th Avenue when a man driving eastbound in an older model Chevy Chevelle hit her.

The accident happened around 4pm and blocked off 27th Avenue from South Ely Street to Quillan Street for over two hours.

The woman was not using a crosswalk.

Officers want to remind drivers to always look for pedestrians and be able to stop quickly to avoid tragic accidents like this one.

"Pedestrians should use a crosswalk, should use an intersection, but drivers still have the responsibility to exercise due care and yield to any pedestrian in the roadway," said Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department.

Investigators interviewed the driver that hit the woman and several people who witnessed the accident.

Surveyors gathered data to determine how fast the car was going at the time of the accident.

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KENNEWICK, WA - NBC Right Now is on the scene of a fatal car versus pedestrian accident in Kennewick near the intersection of South Ely and 27th Avenue.

Kennewick Police say a 51-year-old woman from Kennewick was killed when she was hit by an older model Chevy Chevelle.

The driver did stop immediately after the accident. Police are talking to witnesses.

Kennewick Police and Kennewick Fire have blocked off Ely St at 27th. Officials confirm one person is dead from the car accident.

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