Jet Setting Hit and Run Mom


Well well well, it looks like the Humboldt County Judge is finally “cracking down” on Hit and Run Mom. After a vaca in Mexico and then one to Columbia, the judge finally saw fit to abscond her passport. No more jet setting off to other countries and exotic lands for the woman who was charged with mowing down her own daughter and her daughters best friend in a drunken stupor last July.

However, it appears that said Judge thought that not allowing Hit and Run mom to leave the state of California was too tough and readily granted her permission to attend a birthday party of her boyfriends’s Grandmother in Oregon, against the opposition to the District Attorney. The judge further agreed to seal off of her future travel records and itinerary, according to Kym Kemp over at The Redheaded Blackbelt

A time line of the horrific crime that lead to the deaths of Kiya Kitchen and Faith Tsarnas can be found below:


Fortuna, California-

July 12, 2016
9:16 PM ~ Initial 911 calls come in regarding two teens girls on Skateboards that were  struck by a “light colored Jeep” on Eel River Drive in Fortuna. Law enforcement and Ambulance are en-route.  According to the Fortuna Police Department statement, the girls were skateboarding Northbound in the South Bound lane of Eel River Drive, just south of Kenmar Road. The Jeep fled the scene and was last seen heading eastbound on Drake Hill Road.

9:32 PM ~. Law enforcement block off traffic to Drake Hill Road and begin search for suspect vehicle and suspect.

9: 30 P.M~  According to the son of Marci Kitchen, he was at the family’s Becker Lane home — about a mile from the scene of the accident — with a friend on the night of July 12 when the girls said they were going longboarding.
“Sometime later, ‘Josh,’ (Marci’s boyfriend) came in and told them there had been an accident on the quarter mile with some kids,” an affidavit by CHP Special Agent Paul Craft states. “(The brother and his friend) drove out to the scene and saw that it was Kiya and Faith. Josh and Marci showed up shortly after that in Josh’s black Chevy.” (Via Lost Coast Out Post)
9:36 PM. ~ One teen, Kiya Kitchen, is en-route to Redwood Memorial Hospital with critical injuries. She is taken to Oakland Children’s Hospital via Life Flight. The other teen, later identified at Faith Lorraine Tsarnas is pronounced dead at the scene. A drunken Marci Kitchen accompanys her critically injured child to Oakland Children’s Hospital.

9:45 p.m. ~At both the accident scene and later at Redwood Memorial Hospital, Officers note that Marci Kitchen shows signs of intoxication and is belligerent with law enforcement and medical staff trying to save her daughters life. In subsequent court documents she is described as “extremely intoxicated”.




July 13, 2016

6: 30 AM ~ Kiya Kitchen dies from her injuries at Oakland Children’s Hospital.

11.36 AM~ CHP request help locating the driver of the suspect vehicle.

Kym Kemp reports that a Witness May Have Seen Vehicle Fleeing Last Nights Fatal Hit and Run . The vehicle is identified as “a newer model, light gray Jeep Wrangler with damage to its front end and possibly a damaged headlight also.”

2: 45 PMThe suspect Jeep is located at a private residence on Becker Lane in Fortuna. The jeep was discovered in the fenced back yard one mile south of the accident scene. The residence was taped off and law enforcement awaits a search warrant to enter the residence. (It is unclear if anyone was at the home when the Jeep was located.)

(The girls were struck at approximatly the 1500 Block of Eel River Drive. The suspect vehicle then continued on for 0.9 miles later to be discovered in the back yard of the Kitchen residence on Becker Lane.)


Kym Kemp reports that the Vehicle Involved In Hit And Run Death Of Teens Found Near Home Of One Of The Teens. In her article, Kym Kemp states:  “Marci Kitchen, whose Facebook page identifies her as the mother of one the victims lives at the end of that street. Readers are telling us that the vehicle was located under a tarp in the backyard. Officer May was unwilling to confirm that information at this time.”


(Suspect Vehicle located behind fence in the Kitchen back yard. Note the front end damage. PC:

4:56 pm ~ A memorial is growing at the scene of the accident to honor the victims.

5: 00 PM ~ Several sources tell BlacqueRoseSyndicate formally that the suspected person in the Fortuna hit and run is actually named Marci Marz and is the mother of the victim who was taken to Oakland Children’s Hospital.

According to suspects Attorney, Ben Okin, the suspect made contact with law enforcement through him and identified themselves. Suspect and attorney also offered to turn the drive in to law enforcement but law enforcement is not ready to make a formal arrest yet. Attorney states that suspect “The driver of the vehicle, Okin said, is in Humboldt County ready to turn themselves into law enforcement when requested to do so”..  

July 14, 2016

8:58 AM ~ The suspect residence is identified as a residence where one of the two hit and run victims resides.  CHP Officer CY May states that “a suspect has been identified as the potential driver in the case but remains at large, whereabouts unknown”. He would not confirm or deny that the suspect was “in hiding”.

10:25 pm ~ The local news paper, Times Standard, released the name of Faith Lorraine Tsarnas as one of the victims.

A candle light vigil is held at the scene to honor the victims.

July 15, 2016

Obituary identifying Faith Lorraine Tsarnas as one of the victims is published in local paper.


1:56 pm ~ Law Enforcement still have no idea where the suspect is…

(Via KIEM3) ~  The California Highway Patrol has determined a main suspect in the Fortuna hit-and-run that killed two 14-year-old girls. But they say no arrest has been made and in fact they have no idea where the person is.    The jeep is registered to a female and was obtained by the CHP. It is being examined by the Department of Justice for evidence. The CHP says they’ve had zero direct contact with the suspect, only discussions with the suspect’s attorney. The CHP also says they want to interview the suspect as soon as possible.

“We don’t know where the person is. There’s been some speculation that we know where they are and we just haven’t made the arrest yet but we have no idea where our main suspect is right now,” said Cy May, CHP Public Information Officer. “There’s always a chance of someone fleeing the area, that’s always a potential risk but we have to build our case first and get all of our ducks lined up in a row before we make an arrest on someone. We don’t want to falsely arrest the wrong person, that’s the last thing we want to do. We want to get to the bottom of this and get true justice for those poor girls who aren’t here anymore.”

July 16, 2016

  4:00 p.m. ~ A memorial service is held for Faith Tsarnas at Hydesville Community Church .

July 18 , 2016~

Kiya Kitchen is identified as the second victim in the double fatal hit and run. Five days after the fatal hit and run, “The Prime Suspect” (her own mother) is still at large and hiding from law enforcement.



July 21, 2016

The CHP asks for the help of the public’s in locating Maria Kitchen and her boyfriend, Josh Pearlston.

July 31, 2016 

1:30 p.m. ~ A memorial/celebration of life is held for Kiya Kitchen at the River Walk Lodge in Fortuna. Her mother is not in attendance.

September 14, 2016 ~ Marica Kitchen spends one hour behind bars.

8:09 p.m ~  Marcia Kitchen self-surrendered to the DA’s Office on a Ramey warrant. She was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence and causing bodily injury to another person, fleeing a crime scene, causing great bodily injury in commission of a felony, and for causing bodily injury or death to more than one victim while driving. Her bail was set at $750,00 and posted at 9;18 pm.

September 15, 2016 ~ Marci Kitchen is arraigned and pleads “not guilty”. A preliminary hearing was  scheduled for October but was postponed until Dec 2016

(Kitchen leaving the court house after arraignment.)

Nov 2016 ~ Hearing is postponed until March, 2017

Jan 23, 2017 ~ Marci Kitchen files a civil suit blaming her daughters death on the condition of the road she was killed on.

March 8, 2016 ~ Marci Kitchen gets another postponement, slotting the prelims to begin in May, 2017.

Since the slaughter of her daughter, Marci Kitchen has jet settled off for an exotic vacation in Mexico and one in Columbia. Yes, you heard that right.

March 18, 2016 ~ Marcia Kitchen is order to turn over her pass port. However, the Judge felt restricting her to Humboldt was “going to far” and granted her  permission to vacation in Oregon.

Lot’s of postponements for Hit and Run mom have afforded her months of vacation time to exotic destinations while the remaining family members of Kiya Kitchen and Faith Tsarnas remain in quiet, mourning the death of their children and waiting for even a smidgen of justice that never seems to come.