Fatal hit-and-run suspect due in court next month

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By Cindy Simpson

A Harriman woman accused of a fatal hit-and-run will have her preliminary hearing Monday, Aug. 25.

Raychell Christine Huckelby, 47, 222 Roberts St., was arrested for DUI the night that 59-year-old pedestrian Daniel Hester was struck and killed on Pansy Hill Road.

Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said Officer Joe Sherrill had been parked off Pansy Hill Road on May 8 when he witnessed Huckelby’s truck stop, back up and then pull away.

Heidle said the officer followed behind Huckelby because a light was out on her vehicle.

He stopped Huckelby, whom he thought appeared to be intoxicated.

Hester was found dead on Pansy Hill Road the following day, May 9.

Sherrill, who was called in to work traffic diversion away from the crime scene, realized Hester was found in the area in which he witnessed Huckelby stop and back up.

Police said debris gathered at the scene matched pieces missing from the front of Huckelby’s vehicle.

Huckelby was shortly afterward charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.