Hit-and-run, homicide interrupt WSU Family Weekend

WSU student was arrested for multiple felonies; the homicide is non-threatening to community


A homicide in the Moscow-Pullman area and one hit-and-run happened within 24 hours this weekend.

The Moscow Police Department is still investigating the death of four people near the University of Idaho campus, but there is no threat to the community, according to an alert sent to UI students at 5:17 p.m.

The homicide occurred around noon on Sunday in Moscow, south of the University of Idaho campus, with the initial call coming from a home on King Road, according to a Spokesman-Review article

There are no suspects as of Sunday, according to the article. Police started canvassing the neighborhood Sunday afternoon.

An alert was sent out to University of Idaho students advising them to stay inside at 1:04 p.m. A text alert was also sent to WSU students at 3:30 p.m., followed by an email notifying them of the homicide. The alert stated there is no threat to the Pullman community. 

At 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Grove, a WSU student hit two pedestrians after driving under the influence of alcohol, and she fled the scene, said Pullman Police Sgt. Todd Dow. 

Carmen E. Fernandez, 19, hit a male and a female, as well as a fire hydrant, according to a Big Country News article. She was arrested for felony vehicular assault, hit-and-run and DUI. Her alleged blood alcohol level was almost double the legal limit. 

Dow said Fernandez’s car was found on Greek Row at the Kappa Alpha Theta house, and she was found inside. She is now in Whitman County Jail. 

Fernandez will have to appear in court for the decision on if she will be released or hold her pending trial, Dow said. Her first appearance will most likely be Monday. 

The pedestrians involved were sent to Pullman Regional Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, he said.