Suspected hit-and-run driver in fatal Fife crash pleads not guilty

The suspect who stabbed a motorcyclist to death on Wednesday is being released on $50,000 bail.

FIFE, Wash. – The driver accused of causing a fatal hit-and-run crash on Interstate 5 in Fife pleaded not guilty Thursday.

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) was called to the northbound lanes of I-5 near 54th Avenue East just after 3:15 a.m. Wednesday because of a report of a fatal collision. When the soldiers arrived, they found a dead 48-year-old woman and a BMW at the scene.

Investigators say the driver was speeding when he hit the woman riding a motorbike. WSP identified the woman as Morgan M. Baker of Tacoma.

The 20-year-old driver was taken into custody and booked into the Pierce County Jail Wednesday night. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

According to court documents, the suspect fled on foot and contacted someone to pick him up from the scene of the accident.

A WSP spokesperson urged drivers to slow down to increase reaction time while on the road.

This is an evolving story. Check back for updates.

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Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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