Wash. woman pleads not guilty in hit-and-run death of Wasilla man

The Associated PressDecember 12, 2013 

— A Washington state woman who is charged with hitting a man's body on Interstate 90 in south-central Montana and stopping at a car wash to remove the evidence has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Wyran Young, 31, of Oak Harbor, Wash., is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash and tampering with evidence in the Sept. 30 death of Elgie Bedford of Wasilla, Alaska. Her father, Westley Young, 50, also pleaded not guilty to tampering on Tuesday.

Both appeared in District Court in Park County, where the tampering charges allege the Youngs stopped at a Livingston car wash and washed their vehicle, leaving parts of Bedford's body at the car wash.

The "leaving the scene charge" was filed in Sweet Grass County, but the cases were combined.

Bedford, 81, was struck and killed between Big Timber and Greycliff early on Sept. 30, apparently after he stopped on the side of the road during a trip to Texas to visit his children. Prosecutors allege the Youngs' vehicle hit Bedford's body, but did not stop. Westley Young told investigators a semi-trailer in front of them hit Bedford first.

Charging documents said Bedford appeared to have been struck by several vehicles.

No one has been charged in Bedford's death, but Sweet Grass County Attorney Patrick Dringman said Thursday that investigators have identified a person of interest, who is a semi driver. He said the investigation is wrapping up and a charging decision is expected in the next few weeks.

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