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Kennewick Police Department: Hit and Run Collision

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Kennewick Police Department

October 10, 2013 PIO Sergeant Ken Lattin

Hit and Run Collision
Case Number: 13-32887
Date and Time of Incident: 10/9/2013 @ 1835
Location of Incident: 27th Ave. & Olympia St

Victim's Name: Richard Van Heel

Defendant's Name: Christopher Heckman

Summary of Incident:
On 10/09/2013 at 1835 hours Kennewick Police officers responded to the area of 27th Ave. and Olympia St. for a hit and run collision that had just occurred. Richard Van Heel reported that he was driving south on Olympia St. when he attempted to make a right turn into the Yokes parking lot. Van Heel's vehicle was struck from the rear by the vehicle directly behind him.

After the collision, the suspect vehicle drove through the Yokes parking lot and was last seen driving south on Olympia St. at high speed with the hood up. Officers searched the area but did not locate the suspect vehicle.

At 0005 hours Kennewick Police officers were in the area of 27th Ave. and Olympia St. on an unrelated call. During this time they observed the suspect vehicle driving north on Olympia St. again with the hood up and the engine smoking. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was identified as Christopher Heckman.

Heckman was arrested and booked into the Benton County Jail on suspicion of DUI and hit and run.

If someone has information that they would like to provide while remaining confidential, they may call the Crime Stoppers line at 586-TIPS (8477), 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit
Prepared by: Sgt. Walters K14  Date / Time: 10/10/13 @0135

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