SPOKANE, Wash. - The woman who police believed was involved in a hit and run collision back in June, which injured a local mother, has confessed. According to court documents, Jessica Brazeau, 24, told investigators with the Spokane Police Department that she struck another car on June 16, 2012 at the intersection of Garland and Market and then left the scene because she was scared. Unbeknownst to her at the time, Brazeau left behind one valuable piece of evidence: her license plate. Police were able to use that license plate, found at the scene, to track Brazeau down and arrest her for felony hit and run. She now faces charges of Failure to Remain at the Scene of an Accident with an Injured Person. The victim of that crash, Michelle Shearer, told KHQ she was relieved.
"That made me so happy," she said. "I couldn't' imagine living with myself after doing that."
Back in June, Shearer said she was driving southbound on Market at around 1:50 am when someone in a white Impala suddenly t-boned her SUV. Shearer's car flipped and landed on its side. By the time she crawled out of the car, the other driver was long gone. Shearer was taken to the hospital.
Weeks after that crash, Shearer finally has some answers about what happened. According to court documents, Brazeau told investigators two different stories. At first, she said she was the passenger in the car but later, she confessed that she was in fact the driver. A witness at a nearby bar said she saw the woman, later identified as Brazeau, stop, get out of the driver's seat, then get back in her car and drive away heading westbound on Garland.
Unfortunately, this is only half the battle for Shearer.
Shearer said she suffered head, neck, and back pain as a result of the crash and now struggles daily with short-term memory loss and cognitive processing.
"I was at my son's birthday party and I was trying to read a card out loud and it was just kind of 'blah, blah, blah.' like it was gibberish," Shearer explained. "Nobody could understand what I was saying and I was all embarrassed. My brain just still is kind of rattled." Shearer said she regularly goes to physical therapy. "I think I'll feel happy after it's all over and she actually gets a little punishment out of this," Shearer continued. "Because I feel like I've been more punished than she has."
Brazeau is set to appear in Spokane County Superior Court on August 22.