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Originally published Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 12:00 AM

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Man in fatal hit-run turns himself in to police

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A man turned himself in to Seattle police late Friday morning and took responsibility for a fatal hit-and-run collision in the Central Area, said police spokeswoman Debra Brown.

A woman in her 30s was hit by a minivan while trying to cross East Cherry Street near 21st Avenue East at 7:14 p.m. Thursday. She later died at Harborview Medical Center.

As of Friday, the King County Medical Examiner's Office had not been able to positively identify the victim, an investigator said.

The suspect, who is in his 40s, walked into the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct station on Capitol Hill and was cooperative, Brown said.

Seattle

Girl dies, 3 men injured in crash during chase

A teenage girl was killed and three young men were injured Thursday when their car crashed while they were being chased by Seattle police.

At 11:22 p.m., the Chevy Lumina missed a stop sign at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way, said police spokeswoman Debra Brown.

The car was being driven erratically, and the driver refused to pull over, Brown said.

When the car turned onto Roosevelt Way, someone in the car tossed a tin of marijuana out the window, Brown said.

Near the corner of Roosevelt Way and Northeast 70th Street, the driver lost control and the car slammed into several trees. A female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, Brown said.

Three males, including the 17-year-old driver, were taken to Harborview Medical Center, where the driver was conscious but his two passengers were critically hurt, she said.

Chelan County

School district rescinds ban on rosary beads

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The Lake Chelan School District has rescinded a ban on rosary beads a week after school officials banned them as a symbol of potential gang involvement.

About 75 students, parents and community members attended a school-district meeting Wednesday night to discuss the ban, which the district had imposed a week earlier. At the time, the district said a Wenatchee police officer had warned school officials that rosary beads worn around the neck could be a symbol of gang activity.

The district also dropped the ban on a new list of gang-affiliated clothing, including the owl, the numbers 13, 14 and 18 and several sports jerseys of famous players.

"We need to do a better job of communicating when we make changes," said Tim Berndt, principal at Chelan High School.

Pierce County

22-year-old woman identified as rollover-crash victim

Jamie L. Koury of Lakewood, Pierce County, was identified by the State Patrol Friday as the 22-year-old woman killed in a rollover crash Thursday on Interstate 5 near Bridgeport Way Southwest.

Witnesses said the driver of a stolen Ford Taurus was speeding before losing control and striking several trees and rolling, the Patrol said.

After the crash, two men — driver Joseph Williams, 26, and front-seat passenger Cory Glenn, 20 — ran from the car despite minor injuries but were captured, the Patrol said.

Koury, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car, the Patrol said. Another passenger, Tobien Schon, 22, also was ejected and was seriously injured.

Williams was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident and other charges.

Seattle

Motorcyclist critical after crash with SUV

A motorcyclist was critically injured Friday morning in a crash near Safeco Field.

Just after 10 a.m., the man in his 30s was riding east on South Lander Street when the driver of a sport-utility vehicle turned in front of him, police said. The motorcyclist was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Kitsap County

Kingston man killed in rollover accident

Jeffrey E. Nystrom, 37, of Kingston was killed early Friday in a rollover crash on Highway 104, the State Patrol said. The car, driven by Timothy S. Dunbar, 19, of Kingston rolled into a ditch and Nystrom was ejected.

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