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UPDATE “Bruce” The Dog’s Owner Arrested in Hit-And-Run

Kennewick driver who hit utility pole Wednesday
(Photo courtesy of Kennewick Police Department)

(This story originally ran Thursday) Kennewick police are looking for a driver who reportedly struck a utility pole at 16th and Rainier Wednesday afternoon, then drove away.

Around 3:30 pm, police got a report of a mid 90’s gold two-door Honda Accord that had hit the utility pole, with an impact hard enough to knock the front bumper off.

Witnesses told police the driver, a white adult male, got out of the car after the collision.  When witnesses asked if he was ok, he said “yes”.  He had a dog with him, described as a brown and white boxer.  The driver reportedly told the dog, named “Bruce,” to get back in the car.   He then drove off after retrieving the bumper.  A witness was able to get a picture of the man before he left.

The man was dressed in coveralls and a white hoodie.   While police did not say what damage was done to the pole, they are seeking anyone with additional information about the accident besides what was provided by witnesses.

Anyone with details or who know the identity of the driver is asked to call Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at (509)-596-TIPS (8477).  All information provided is confidential.

UPDATE:  According to Kennewick Police Sgt. Ken Lattin Friday,  thanks to extensive media coverage of the accident, including the witness photograph, the driver of the car, 21-year-old Matt D. Oakley of Kennewick, turned himself in to authorities.  He has been cited for Hit-And-Run.

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