Baton Rouge woman booked in hit and run on Siegen Lane _lowres

Mattie Elizabeth Washington, 46

A woman accused of striking and injuring a pedestrian while driving was arrested Wednesday on counts including hit and run, according to a State Police report.

Mattie Elizabeth Washington, 46, also faces counts of negligent injuring and not having a driver’s license at the time of the collision just before 6 p.m. Saturday on Siegen Lane just north of Perkins Road, the State Police report says.

Witnesses told authorities a reddish-colored vehicle struck a pedestrian and continued driving on the Siegen Lane overpass, according to the report. One witness recorded the license plate number of the automobile and authorities traced it to a rent-to-own company and eventually identified Washington as the driver at the time of the incident, the report says.

Washington, with her lawyer present, admitted Wednesday to hitting something at the time of the crash, but said “she did not know what it was,” according to the statement.

The pedestrian suffered moderate but non-life-threatening injuries, said State Police spokesman Bryan Lee.

The damage to the automobile was consistent with the evidence gathered at the scene, the report says.

Washington, reached by telephone Thursday evening, said she did not want to comment on the arrest.

Washington, of 2729 W. Amite Drive in Baton Rouge, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and later released on a bond of $7,500, according to jail records.