Reddit tip leads to arrest of suspect in hit-and-run that killed Eatonville cyclist

Vehicle troopers suspect was involved in a deadly hit-and-run in Eatonville. (Washington State Patrol photo)

EATONVILLE, Wash. - A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection of a deadly hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist last Thursday.

Susan Rainwater was riding her bike on SR-7 nearing 320th Street East when a pickup truck approaching behind her veered off the road and hit Rainwater from behind, killing her.

Investigators had put out a plea to the public for help identifying the driver. A tweeted photo of some of the broken car parts left at the scene of the crash was posted on Reddit.com and received more than 600 comments from car enthusiasts and mechanics around the nation, police said.

One reader who identified himself as a Maryland State Vehicle Inspector was able to narrow a headlight part to a 1980s Chevrolet truck.

Friday, police received an anonymous tip that described a mid 1980s Chevrolet pickup truck with front end damage to the right-side headlight assembly, and provided the license plate.

The tip led investigators Tuesday to their suspect, Jeremy Simon. Simon was driving a 1986 Chevrolet K-10 pickup truck and admitted to detectives he was the one who struck Rainwater and drove from the scene, troopers said.

Simon is being held for investigation of vehicular homicide, illegal drug possession and leaving the scene of an accident. He is scheduled to make is court arraignment on Wednesday.

"The WSP and its detectives would like to thank the community for their assistance in providing numerous tips and leads that helped to solve this case," said Johnna Batiste with the Washington State Patrol.

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