A woman accused of escaping to her home country of Thailand after striking and killing a Michigan State student in a fatal hit-and-run says she’ll turn herself in.
Michigan Live reports that Tubtim Sue Howson, 57, appeared at a news conference in Thailand to make the announcement.
“I did not think I would run away, but I was very shocked. I tried to call the police but my hands were shaking. I could not do anything,” Howson said.
According to Law and Crime, Howson, a U.S. citizen, allegedly uttered “no cops” after Victim Benjamin Kable was struck and killed New Year’s Day in Oakland County, Michigan.
Witnesses saw Kable walking on Rochester Road, south of Whims Road, when a vehicle struck and killed him.
“The driver of the vehicle then fled the scene after the incident. AV-1 suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and died at the scene,” police records indicated.
Howson said at the news conference she originally thought she hit a deer.
“I left home for work around 5.30 a.m. to 6 a.m. It is the winter time and it was very dark. There was usually nobody walking on the road there, except deer,” Howson said.
Authorities in the United States had urged Howson to turn herself in and do the right thing, Coconuts had reported.
Howson faces charges of charge of failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury or death and interstate flight to avoid prosecution.
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