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Update: Boy, 11, dies after hit-and-run on US 101, suspect arrested

Boy, 11, dies after hit-and-run in Olympia; suspect turns himself in

Washington State Patrol says the suspect driver in Sunday’s hit-and-run collision involving an autistic boy in Olympia has been arrested. The boy, 11-year-old Isaiah Bermeo, died Wednesday at Harborview Medical Center.
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Washington State Patrol says the suspect driver in Sunday’s hit-and-run collision involving an autistic boy in Olympia has been arrested. The boy, 11-year-old Isaiah Bermeo, died Wednesday at Harborview Medical Center.

The 11-year-old boy who was critically injured in a hit-and-run collision on U.S. Highway 101 in Olympia on Sunday has died, according to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Isaiah Bermeo, 11, died Wednesday morning at Harborview. In a statement, his parents, Renee and David Paino, said his organs will be donated.

“Isaiah always had a big smile on his face and was full of life. He was a typical 11-year-old with a heart of gold. He enjoyed so many activities, including trampoline jumping, singing, cooking, tickles, croc shoes and so much more... He was a son that will forever be in our hearts. We ask that you give us privacy during this time of grief and healing,” the statement read.

Also on Wednesday, Washington State Patrol arrested the suspect in Sunday’s hit-and-run collision.

Irven F. Jacobs Jr., a 51-year-old Shelton resident, turned himself in after State Patrol released his name and photo and asked for the public’s help in finding him.

Jacobs was arrested near Yelm and booked into the Thurston County jail on the charge of hit and run injury or death, according to the jail roster.

Isaiah, who was autistic, wandered away from his home Sunday evening before being struck by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 101 near Oyster Bay Road Northwest, according to State Patrol. He was critically injured and airlifted to Harborview.

On Monday, detectives located the van they believe was involved in the crash. It was reported abandoned about 7 miles from the crash site.

At a press conference Thursday morning, State Patrol Sgt. Clint Thomas said there may have been two other people in the van at the time of the crash.

Jacobs is scheduled to make a preliminary appearance in Thurston County Superior Court in Olympia on Thursday afternoon.

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