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Instagram fitness model killed moped rider while drunk and high before the flight, police say

Katie Summers, left, who was a fitness coach and model after losing 98 pounds in a year, was arrested on suspicion of hitting and killing moped rider Leonel Birrueta.

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An Instagram fitness coach and model was driving drunk and high when she struck and killed a 31-year-old father riding a moped Tuesday — and then fled the scene, officials say.

Katie Summers, 28, a mother-of-two from Richland, Wa. who is known for her social media followers @loseitconkatie, appeared in front of a judge Wednesday in connection with the fatal collision.

The bail is set at $500,000 after Judge Sam Swanberg found probable cause to hold her on suspicion of automobile homicide.

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She is accused of hitting Leonel Birrueta, of the Neighborhood, at a crossroads. Court documents claim Summers are short stopped and got out of her Toyota Tundra pick-up truck. Witnesses claim that they do not identify themselves, try to help or call 911. Instead, they say, she got back in her car and drove away.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Birrueta and raised more than $1,700 to help pay for the funeral costs

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The police found the Summer shortly after the accident in the parking lot of a nearby Albertsons supermarket, less than a stone’s throw away from the incident, according to the Tri-City Herald.

Officials said she admitted to driving the truck and she could smell the scent of alcohol and burnt marijuana on her. She admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana before the crash, according to the court documents.

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Summers, who once weighed 215 pounds, gained fame when she recorded her quest to lose 98 kilos after the birth of her second child. The trip helped her at the height of 150,000 followers on her Instagram page, which has since been removed, and she also became a personal trainer and wellness coach.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Birrueta and raised more than $1,700 to help pay for the funeral costs.

“Leo Birrueta was a great man, with a heart of gold and a smile for everyone who was lucky enough to get to know him or meet him,” a statement on the site read. “He was a shining light, which lifted everyone at all times. Leo was very happy and in love with a wonderful lady, Rachel – who is left without her light.”

Chris Irvine is Senior News Editor at Fox News. His Twitter @chrisirvine86

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