Dog-walker pleads not guilty to deadly hit-and-run

SEATTLE - A 24-year-old woman accused of running down and killing a college student with her truck, then returning to the scene hours later while walking her dog has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

The woman, Sydney Jones, made an emotional appearance in court Thursday. Tensions ran high in the courtroom as she came face to face with the family of the victim, Shoreline Community College student J.D. Humphreys, 31.

Detectives say Jones left the scene of the deadly hit-and-run in Kenmore on Oct. 21, then returned with her dog a few hours later, found his lifeless body and called 911.

It is not clear whether Humphreys would have survived if there had not been a delay in reporting the accident.

Investigators say Jones was driving too fast and was distracted by lighting a cigarette when the hit happened. She entered a "not guilty" plea to a charge of felony hit-and-run but didn't speak in court today when she was charged.

Jones is out on bail, and after her arraignment she left the courtroom covered in a coat. Her lawyer told KOMO News they had no comment.

If convicted, Jones faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison.