Woman arrested in connection to fatal hit-and-run

John Richmeier
The Leavenworth Times
The Leavenworth Police Department released this image of the vehicle that is believed to have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash early Saturday morning. The image was captured by a security camera.

Updated at 2:53 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, with information about the suspect's court appearance.

A woman has been arrested in connection to a hit-and-run crash that resulted in a teen's death over the weekend in Leavenworth, the police chief said.

The crash occurred shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday at Fourth and Kickapoo streets.

Police believe Miranda Lynch, 16, Leavenworth, was riding a bicycle, traveling north on Fourth Street, when she was struck from behind by a vehicle. The driver reportedly fled from the scene in the vehicle, according to Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens.

Lynch was transported to the University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kansas. She died later in the day from her injuries.

Police initially asked the public for help in locating the vehicle that was involved in the crash. The vehicle was described as a silver Subaru Outback.

Kitchens said investigators began focusing on a suspect about midday Saturday. The suspect, a 27-year-old Parkville, Missouri, woman, was arrested Sunday.

"She was arrested here at the Justice Center," Kitchens said.

She was booked into the jail for an allegation of second-degree murder. However, she has not been formally charged in court.

The woman appeared Monday afternoon in Leavenworth County District Court. She made her court appearance form the Leavenworth County Jail through the use of an online videoconferencing service.

Assistant County Attorney Megan Williams asked District Judge Gerald Kuckelman to give the County Attorney's Office until 3 p.m. Tuesday to charge the woman. If the woman has not been charged by that time, the judge will order her release from jail.

The County Attorney's Office still would have the option of filing charges even if the suspect is released from jail.

Williams said law enforcement officers are following up with some information in the case.

Kuckelman said he will set bond in the case. Williams recommended bond be set at $500,000.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, County Attorney Todd Thompson said he anticipates his office will make a decision about charges before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The Times is withholding the suspect's name until there is confirmation of charges.

Kitchens said possible intoxication is a focus of the investigation. He said police believe the woman left a bar in Lansing shortly before the crash.

The vehicle she is believed to have been driving at the time of the crash has been impounded in a tow lot in Smithville, Missouri, Kitchens said.