Woman wanted for questioning in hit-and-run killing of Port Orchard grandfather
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - Investigators want to question a 29-year-old woman in connection with the hit-and-run killing of a Port Orchard grandfather early Saturday morning.
Kitsap County sheriff's officials say Ali Rochelle Giannini may know something about the incident or she may have been the driver of the white 2016 Chevrolet Cruze that struck and killed 61-year-old Michael D. Keaton. The car was found in the Midland community south of Tacoma in Pierce County.
Giannini is also wanted on alleged drug charges including possession of methamphetamine and oxycontin. Deputies say she sometimes goes by the name 'Brittney.'
Keaton's family is pleading with the public to help Kitsap County Sheriff deputies find the driver who hit their father, then left him to die.
The man's unexpected loss has shattered his family's world.
“To leave him on the side of the road,” said Tawnie Plowe, Keaton’s daughter. “You're not a person. You're an animal and a piece of garbage."
Every day, the retired Navy veteran would take a morning walk near his house, except on Sundays for church. But, on Saturday around 7 a.m. that routine ended for the husband, father and grandfather.
Kitsap County deputies said the driver of a white four-door car was caught on surveillance video going northbound on Sidney road, hitting the man and driving off. Deputies found him lying on the road.
Deputies said Keaton did everything right. He was walking against traffic and even wore bright clothes and a reflective vest, but investigators said the car had driven onto the shoulder and hit the man.
His family went to look for him when he didn't come home. They are now pleading for anyone who knows anything to find it in their heart to do the right thing.
"He did not deserve this. No one deserves this,” Plowe said. “The person who took my dad is not having another second of freedom. They took so much away from my family and the community.”
Anyone who has any information about this collision or the location of the suspect vehicle is asked to contact Deputy Rob Corn at 360-337-4634 or by email at RCorn@co.kitsap.wa.us. Callers may remain anonymous.