Michigan Woman who fled to her native Thailand after she killed a Michigan State University student as he walked on a road in Rochester Hills in the pre-dawn hours of January 1.
Woman Who Fled After Hit-And-Run Death Of MSU Student
A Michigan woman accused of fleeing to Thailand after being involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident that left a college student 22-year-old dead on New Year’s Day will be arraigned on Friday. Tubtim “Sue” Howson fatally struck Ben Kable, a Michigan State University student with her 2016 BMW 320i on January 1 at 5:49 a.m. on Rochester Road south of Whims Lane in Oakland Township according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
Travel records reviewed by the FBI show that Howson got on a plane on January 3 with stops in Dallas and Helsinki, Finland, arriving in Bangkok, Thailand, as her final destination. Howson is a U.S. citizen and is originally from Thailand. According to FOX 2, she will be indicted on Friday. She is being held at an unrevealed location in Michigan for safety reasons after US Marshals brought her back to Michigan, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard stated, “I greatly appreciate the help of the Thailand authorities and our federal partners who worked tirelessly to get this Michigan woman back and to hold her accountable.”
The MSU Student Was Under With The Influence Of Alcohol
Court documents state that Kable was “in the roadway” when he was hit by the BMW, but officials say that it’s not apparent if he was “standing or walking in the roadway when he was struck by the Michigan woman.” Kable was suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol, but it was not a “contributing factor” in the incident. Howson is charged with failure to stop at the scene of a crime resulting in serious impairment or death as well as a federal charge for fleeing the country.
FBI official wrote in a court document that when Howson was encouraged by others to turn herself into the police, she allegedly said “no cops, no cops”. Thai deputy national police chief Surachate Hakparn revealed during a press conference on February 14 that Howson would return to the United States.
FBI requested police in Thailand began to track Howson on January 12, and locate her on January 14, suggesting that she turn herself in and go back to the United States. Howson said during the interview in Thailand that she thought she was going to be robbed before hitting Kable, according to the Bangkok Post.
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