Thursday, April 3, 2008

Seattle man charged in hit-and-run death

By Seattle Times staff

A 21-year-old Seattle man was charged today with three felony counts in connection with the Monday hit-and-run death of a 92-year-old man on Rainier Avenue South.

Jeffrey Brouse was charged with vehicular homicide, hit-and-run and vehicle theft.

Police say that Brouse stole a 2004 GMC Envoy from his uncle and collided with Salvatore Vito Covello's vehicle at Rainier Avenue South and South Holly Street, according to charging documents filed in King County Superior Court.

Covello, who was returning home after visiting a nearby senior center, died at the scene. Brouse ran from the stolen vehicle to his uncle's house nearby and was arrested, court papers said. Police say that Brouse had a breath-alcohol content higher than the legal limit of 0.08.

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