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A Michigan woman wanted in a fatal New Year's hit-and-run in which a 22-year-old college student was killed has fled to Thailand to avoid prosecution.
Federal authorities allege that Tubtim 'Sue' Howson, a mother of two, fled to her home country just days after the fatal crash to avoid prosecution for Ben Kable's death.
Travel records show that Howson, who is originally from Thailand but is a US citizen, purchased a one-way ticket from the Detroit Metro Airport to the Asian country with a layover in Dallas-Fort Worth.
She allegedly left for the country just two days after purchasing the ticket and landed on January 5.
A felony warrant had already been issued for Howson's alleged failure to stop at the scene, resulting in serious impairment or death, but the FBI now says there is probable cause to charge her with felony interstate flight to avoid prosecution as well.
Ben Kable, 22, was killed when walking home from a New Year's party on January 1 in Oakland County, Michigan
Authorities say the driver was Tubtim Howson, who has since fled to Thailand to avoid prosecution
Oakland County authorities have said that Kable, a senior at Michigan State University, was walking home from a New Year's party on January 1 at around 6am.
His father later explained to the Detroit News that Kable was kicked out of an Uber for unknown reasons on Rochester Road, where he was struck.
'When she kicked him out, it was on Rochester Road, a very bad spot,' Michael Kable said. 'There's no streetlights, there's no sidewalk, you know, very minimal of any shoulder.
'He actually texted his friends that she was kicking him out, "Looks like I'm walking from here."'
Witnesses on the scene said she stopped for a short time before fleeing the scene.
Sheriff's deputies were later able to determine the vehicle — fragments of which were scattered across the scene — was registered to Howson, who they say was traveling to Birmingham to work