Victim in fatal hit-and-run identified, deputies searching for driver

Victim in fatal hit-and-run identified, deputies searching for driver

UPDATE: The victim of the hit-and-run has been identified as 21-year-old Carlos Flores of Ephrata.

Flores was walking eastbound on Road 9-Northwest near Road I.5-Northwest he was hit by a vehicle. He then came to a rest in the westbound lane.

The passerby who found the body has been identified as 30-year-old Erma Snider of Ephrata. While Snider was on the phone with 911, she struck Flores’ body. Snider stayed on scene and was interviewed by deputies and released.

Flores’ body is in the care of Coroner Craig Morrison’s staff.

Again, anyone with information is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160 or send information to crimetips@grantcountywa.gov. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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Grant County Sheriff’s Office investigators are asking for the public’s help finding the driver of a vehicle they believed hit and killed a young man early Friday morning between Quincy and Ephrata.

Emergency responders were called to Road 9-Northwest and Road !.5-Northwest around 12:45 a.m. after a motorist called 911 when they found a body on the road.

The man, whose identity has not yet been confirmed, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators collected evidence from pieces of the vehicle they believe hit and killed the young man. Those pieces will be sent to the crime lab to help determine the make and type of vehicle.

Investigators are also looking at footage from nearby home security cameras and roadway cameras to try and identify the vehicle.

“It’s clear that the vehicle sustained front end damage and that the driver likely felt, heard or saw the collision with the pedestrian and then fled the scene,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “We’re asking the driver to come forward and speak with investigators.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160 or send information to crimetips@grantcountywa.gov. Tipsters can remain anonymous.