NIPOMO, Calif.- Hours after fatal hit and run suspect, Marie Coyner posted bail, her friends are speaking out.
"Oh crap, Maria really killed someone, she ran someone over couldn't believe at all, could not believe it," says Chad Lamon, a friend of Coyner.
Chad Lamon says he first couldn't believe it, that his neighbor and friend, 23-year-old Marie Coyner is accused of running over and killing Christopher Tietjen, then driving off.
"She does lean a little more to the self centerness, so it doesn't surprise me that she didn't stop and help the guy," says Lamon.
These words come from a guy who says he lives on the same street as Coyner and says they went to Alan Hancock College together.
Coyner was driving on north Thompson Avenue sometime between last Sunday night and Monday morning when the crash happened. It was not until days later, authorities found her car at her home and arrested her.
"She told the owners of the place when her car was messed up that she had hit a power pole and that's what did it, so that already tells me she was lying and trying to cover herself up," says Lamon.
No one inside the home would go on camera, but they tell Central Coast News, Coyner is now staying with family and when Central Coast News tried to contact Coyner, her phone went straight to voicemail. Friends say Coyner used to be the manager at the Vans Outlet store in Pismo and was studying film to become a producer.
As for Lamon, he says if Coyner reacted different, the tragedy may have been prevented.
"It's pretty sad she didn't even help the guy, who knows maybe he would have lived if she tried to help him, call 911, maybe he could have lived," says Lamon.
Court documents also say Coyner was texting and driving during the time of the crash. She did have a scheduled court appearance Monday, but she wasn't in the courtroom and her arraignment has now been pushed back to November 29th.
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