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Troopers think fatal hit and run solved

FORD, Wash. - Washington State Patrol troopers think they've solved a fatal hit and run crash that killed a pedestrian in Stevens County on Nov. 13.

Evonna Hyde, 20, died at the scene in front of her Stevens County home; a member of her family found her lying in the road outside her home after she was hit by a car.

The driver never stopped but the crash scene was littered with paint and pieces from what was later determined to be a green Ford Explorer. Detectives could see where a head lamp had left a mark on Hyde's hip.

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The night of the collision the driver went to an auto parts store to replace the light, but the attempt to conceal her involvement in the collision was short lived as an acquaintance gave troopers the suspect's name and the Explorer was found in its hiding spot in Spokane Valley the next day.

Now detectives are waiting to see if the paint chips found at the scene match the paint on the Ford Explorer. They're also checking to see if some fibers found on the windshield wiper match the pajamas of the victim.

The hit and run driver told detectives that she was out driving that night trying to get her baby to fall asleep. The suspect first explained she thought she had hit a deer but later admitted she saw the victim's red clothing. A search of the Explorer also turned up a pipe and marijuana.

"Our detectives receive extensive training in collision reconstruction. They are very good at what they do.  Your vehicle leaves behind so many clues the odds of you getting away with it as you indicated a very low," Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney said.

It's likely the State Patrol will charge the woman who killed Hyde with felony hit and run. As she has not been charged yet, KXLY is not identifying her until she's arrested.

Hyde left behind a three-year-old daughter as well as the child's father.