A license plate left at the scene of a fatal hit-and-run in Purdy Saturday helped lead troopers to the suspect, who pleaded not guilty Monday to failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving death.
Christopher Kovacs, 43 of Gig Harbor, was ordered held pending $25,000 bail.
Troopers said Kovacs turned left in front of 21-year-old Jacob Daniel Converse, also of Gig Harbor, who was riding a Yamaha scooter south on state Route 302 at the time and died from his injuries, court records show.
Kovacs was heading north on the highway in a 2003 Ford Excursion, when he crashed with the scooter about 11 p.m. near 144th Street Northwest, according to the State Patrol.
The SUV driver then drove to his house 1 ½ miles away, trooper Guy Gill said.
Investigators found the suspect’s license plate embedded in the motorcycle and drove to his house, where they found the SUV parked outside. It allegedly showed signs of being in a recent wreck.
“He did admit to being involved in the collision and knowing he did run over a motorcyclist,” Gill said, adding the driver claimed he fled the scene because he was scared.