A jogger was killed by a 15-year-old motorist in Washington state who purposefully “bumped” into the man before driving off and laughing about the incident later with a friend.
The minor reportedly told a passenger in her godmother’s car that she took without permission, “I’m going to scare him, I’m going to bump him” as she got closer to Greg Moore who was out for a jog in Maple Valley in July, according to a report by the Kent Reporter.
The “bump” cost him his life.
Prosecutors in King County filed charges of second-degree murder and hit and run against the teenager who was driving the grey 2004 Camry on July 18 just after 6 a.m.
A friend of the suspect was driving behind her alone in a different car she had taken from her mother and estimated that her friend hit the runner while careening down the road at 50 mph, in a stretch of road with a 35 mph speed limit.
The friend reported she heard a bang and “saw something fly into the air.”
The man’s body was discovered in a ditch near the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church several hours later about two and a half miles from his home, according to KIRO7.
“It’s a ‘thrill-kill’ is what it’s called,” the deceased jogger’s widow Michelle Moore said who set up a website whokilledgreg.com to help identify the killer.
The suspect fled the scene but eventually stopped to survey the damage to the car.
“They were freaking out,” the friend said.
“A family member (of the suspect) heard the individual laugh about the way Greg’s body flew up in the air when she hit him,” Michelle Moore said.
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Once the girl returned to the home she shared with her godmother, she apparently tried to cover up the damage to the car by telling her godmother that someone had hit it with a bat, and did not admit at the time to driving the car.
The charging documents reportedly indicate that the suspect admitted to her father that she had hit someone with the car.
Eventually, the godmother saw footage of the Camry that the detectives sought on television which prompted her to turn the keys to her car to investigators who were able to match the headlight found at the scene to the parts missing on the Camry.
A GoFundMe page was organized on Moore’s behalf which, to date, has raised over $42,000. A note on the fundraising page indicates that some of the initial funds raised were used to hire a private investigator and the remainder will be used for funeral expenses and bills.
#GoFundMe Washington State
‘Greg Moore husband and father was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.
There are 3 different sources that all report the 15-year old driver did this intentionally.’https://t.co/MGUTLGnljZ
— ❤️🔥 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (@RBarbarian2) September 16, 2021
The girl eventually turned herself in to the police last week and will be charged as a minor due to her age and lack of prior criminal history although Moore continues to advocate for her being tried as an adult due to the intentional and egregious nature of the crime.
“As heartbreaking as this case is, it’s also highly unlikely a juvenile court judge would allow this individual — a 15-year-old with no criminal history — to have her case handled in adult court,” King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office spokesman Casey McNerthney told The Seattle Times. “Even when juveniles are convicted as adults, Superior Court judges at sentencing can – and do in many cases – still follow the juvenile sentencing guidelines set by state lawmakers.”
“I would argue that the brutality of her crime and blatant disregard for human life warrants her being tried as an adult,” Michelle Moore said.
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