MOSES LAKE - The driver of the vehicle that struck and killed a 47-year-old man Halloween night is an active-duty police officer.
Tye R.C. Sheats, 25, was off-duty and driving his 2012 Jeep SUV Wednesday night when, according to the Washington State Patrol, he hit Gary C. Kilpatrick, Moses Lake, when Kilpatrick ran across the road in the 1400 block of West Broadway Avenue.
Kilpatrick, who was not in the crosswalk at the time of the collision, died after being transported to Samaritan Hospital. He was born in Bakersfield, Calif. and lived in Moses Lake for 10 years, where he was an electrician.
Because Sheats is a police officer, the Moses Lake Police Department transferred an investigation of the crash to the state patrol. Chief Dean Mitchell told the Columbia Basin Herald he does not believe the investigation will find fault with Sheats, and called the incident a “very unfortunate accident.”
Initial reports did not conclude drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, and Sheats was wearing a seat belt at the time.
Sheats, who has been a Moses Lake Police officer for about a year, was listed in the report as being a Port Angeles resident.
Moses Lake Police Capt. Dave Sands said Sheats is originally from Port Angeles and his registration or license may still reflect that.
Sheats reportedly has never been involved in any other vehicle collisions.