UPDATE: Woman Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ In Hit-And-Run Death Of Burien Woman
UPDATE 11/19/11 10:35 p.m.: The news Tribune is reporting that on Monday (Dec. 19), Denise Larkins pleaded ‘not guilty’ to second-degree murder for intentionally hitting and killing Michelle Johnson, 45, of Burien.
Reports are that the two had been arguing over gas money when Larkins drove over Johnson Friday night in Tacoma.
Larkins was ordered held in Pierce County jail with a $1 million bail.
PREVIOUSLY: Several media outlets are reporting that a fight over gas money led to a deadly hit-and-run in Tacoma Friday night, resulting in the death of Michelle Johnson, 45, of Burien.
According to KOMO-TV, witnesses apparently “watched in horror as the argument escalated Friday night, with one woman getting into her sport-utility vehicle and running over the other. The driver, identified as 33-year-old Denise Larkins, turned herself in and has been booked for investigation of first-degree murder.Police say the driver and victim were friends.”
The Seattle P-I reports that a witness named Rhianda Dillon said Johnson appeared drunk and had punched the driver, who then got in her SUV and ran Johnson down when she stepped into an intersection.
Larkins is scheduled to appear in Pierce County Superior Court on Monday.
As we learn more about this tragic incident, we’ll update this post.