East Bremerton man arrested in death of Silverdale jogger

SILVERDALE — An East Bremerton man has been arrested by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the death of a jogger hit by a car in Silverdale, according to the sheriff’s office.

Scott Brian Rehmus, 25, was arrested Sept. 1 at his residence after Kitsap County Superior Court issued a warrant for his arrest.

Rehmus was charged with vehicular homicide and booked into Kitsap County Jail. Bail was set at $200,000, according to the jail roster. Rehmus was still in county jail as of Sept. 6.

Rehmus was scheduled to appear in Superior Court at 3 p.m. on Sept. 5. His next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 29.

Amy Marie Higgins, 50, was a teacher at Emerald Heights Elementary School in Silverdale for 26 years. She was hit by a 1990 Chrysler New Yorker sedan at approximately 5:40 a.m. on March 17 as she jogged while in a crosswalk at the intersection of NW Greaves Way and Old Frontier Road NW. Higgins was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators alleged a number of factors that established probable cause for the vehicular homicide charge.

According to the sheriff’s office, Rehmus’s license had been suspended by the state in August 2016; a voluntary blood sample showed the driver tested positive for THC above the legal limit; the pedestrian was legally in the crosswalk, meaning the driver had a duty to stop; and, based on mathematical calculations, the car was traveling in excess of the speed limit during the dark hours of the morning.