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Kenmore hit-and-run victim's family holds candlelight vigil tonight

A memorial for Sarah Paulson has appeared at the corner of NE 160th St. and Juanita Drive Northeast where she was hit and killed by a Kirkland man. - Matt Phelps, Bothell Reporter
A memorial for Sarah Paulson has appeared at the corner of NE 160th St. and Juanita Drive Northeast where she was hit and killed by a Kirkland man.
— image credit: Matt Phelps, Bothell Reporter

Sarah Paulson's family is honoring her life through a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. at Rhododendron Park in Kenmore.

Paulson was walking in the crosswalk on Juanita Drive Northeast and NE 160 St. in Kenmore Friday morning when she was hit by a 53-year-old Kirkland resident. She passed away from her injuries at Harborview Hospital later that day.

A memorial for Paulson appeared over the weekend on the northeast corner of the intersection. Dozens of flowers surround a photo of Paulson.

Witnesses told police that the Kirkland man pulled over after striking the woman but did not get out of his car and then left the scene.

About an hour later, the driver later called 911 to report that he thought he hit something because he saw damage on the front of his vehicle. The man also told the dispatcher that he got out of his car after the accident to check.

Detectives said they do not believe alcohol or drugs are a factor. The man from Kirkland was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for Felony Hit and Run.

Paulson's family invites anyone interested to attend the vigil. They have a Facebook page for the vigil at www.facebook.com/events/581791851917699/.

Rhododendron Park is located at 6910 NE 170th St. in Kenmore.

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