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Longview man hit by car dies at hospital; hit-and-run suspect faces new charges

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A 55-year-old man died after being hit by a car at 15th Avenue and Hudson Street in Longview on Sunday night. A 55-year-old man died after being hit by a car at 15th Avenue and Hudson Street in Longview on Sunday night.
The suspected driver is facing charges of vehicular homicide while DUI, felony hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license. The suspected driver is facing charges of vehicular homicide while DUI, felony hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license.
LONGVIEW, WA (KPTV) -

A man with a suspended license who is accused of speeding away from the scene of a crash that killed a pedestrian is now facing charges including vehicular homicide.

Police responded to 15th Avenue and Hudson Street in Longview at 9:45 p.m. Sunday.

Michael Cameron, 55, of Longview, was found suffering from critical injuries. He was flown to a Portland hospital, but died Tuesday.

Witnesses told police a red Honda Prelude with a loud exhaust and tinted windows was traveling 30-35 mph when it hit Cameron, according to court documents, and the driver then left the scene at a high rate of speed.

Police located the car suspected of hitting Cameron parked outside a Kelso home on the 1600 block of Bowmont Avenue early Monday morning.

According to court documents, officers found the car with a blue tarp covering part of the hood and windshield. They noticed it had front end damage and a broken windshield, along with a Pepsi bottle and part of a plastic bag wedged between the grill and the hood of the car.

Police contacted a woman in the home who said her husband was driving the car earlier in the night and said he had hit a deer, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Daryl Thomas Long, 42, was placed under arrested for a confirmed misdemeanor warrant. Court documents state when asked about the car, Long told the officers he hit a deer.

A probable cause affidavit states Long fought with his wife after she came home at 7 p.m. Sunday and found that he had been drinking Four Loko alcoholic beverages.

She told him to leave and he drove away, according to the affidavit.  

Long eventually told police that he left his home after drinking two cans of Four Loko, the affidavit states, and drove to Walmart before pulling into a convenience store parking lot where he again argued with his wife over the phone.

Long said he doesn't remember leaving the store and that he has a condition that causes him to "black out" when he gets angry, court documents state, and the condition worsens when he drinks.

A probable cause affidavit states Long admitted hitting a pedestrian on 15th Avenue and driving away without checking on the person. He said the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk.

Long told investigators he knew he had a warrant, that his license was suspended and that he had been drinking, so he panicked and drove away from the scene, according to the affidavit.

Court documents state a preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol level for Long of .064 at 3:37 a.m. Monday.  Subsequent samples on a blood alcohol content machine showed results around .024 at 5:30 a.m., according to court documents

Long made his first court appearance Monday, but after Cameron's death, amended charges were filed of vehicular homicide while DUI, felony hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license.

His formal arraignment is set for March 29.

According to court records, Long was convicted of DUI, reckless endangerment and driving with a suspended license in 2014. He was also convicted of driving with a suspended license in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

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