The family of a hit-and-run victim used Facebook to track down a driver who fled the scene of a Lacey crash on Monday.
Colton Voegele, 21, appeared Thursday in Thurston County Superior Court on one count of hit-and-run with injuries. He was released on personal recognizance, and arraignment was set for June 28.
According to court documents, a caller told police her car had been rear-ended on Martin Way East near Kinwood Street by a white truck that had then driven off.
A witness followed the truck to the parking lot of a nearby car dealership and tried unsuccessfully to block him in. Before he fled, however an employee of the dealership took pictures of the driver.
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The victim’s husband told police he and his son used the employee’s photos to search for the hit-and-run driver on Facebook and believed they had identified Voegele from his profile pictures.
Police compared photos from Voegele’s Facebook account with those taken by the car dealership employee.
Voegele later called police and said he left the scene because it was his first collision and he was scared, so he went to call his attorney. He said he fled the car dealership because a man was threatening him and had tried to run him off the road.
The victim’s husband later reported she was diagnosed with a whiplash injury.
Voegele has no previous felony charges.