Man accused of killing woman in sidewalk hit-and-run has record, prosecutors say

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Prosecutors say the Portland driver accused of killing a woman on a Vancouver sidewalk has a criminal record of similar offenses.

Matthew S. Purifoy appeared in court Tuesday and was ordered held in the Clark County Jail on $500,000 bail until his Dec. 19 arraignment.

Deputy Prosecutor Rebecca Warren says the 33-year-old has a criminal history of reckless driving, hit-and-run, and driving under the influence.

Police say Purifoy was driving erratically on Interstate 205 Monday, left the freeway and hit Anita Walters who was standing on a sidewalk near the Vancouver Mall. The 57-year-old was wearing a yellow vest as part of a county work-release crew.

Walters crashed a short distance away. Police say he was unaware he had struck anyone and appeared to be impaired.

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  • Allan Freedman

    Walters crashed or Purifoy crashed. Story is confusing. I think you got the names backwards. And how does the county work release program fit in to the story.

  • Kenneth Briggs

    looks like courts are all screwed up . the courts let this to happen , so guess this dumb boy can spend a fewyears at the dumb judges home for a few years . if it were me , I am a 70 year person I would say ten years in prison , must go to weekly AA meetings after prison time for life , must take a weekly drug test for five years , plus pay fines , and no license for five years after he gets out of prison . but you wait this scum will get off again .

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