Statement of Simone Marie Argones, takenJune 4, 1999, at 3:00 pm in the Oberlin Police Station.
Miss Argones, you stated on the telephone that it was you who hadhit Rebecca Ferris last night. Why didn't you contact us earlier?
Um, I didn't know I had hit her until today. I mean, I knew I hit somethinglast night, but I . . . oh, God. I heard about it that she got killedlast night on the news this morning, but I didn't hear where it hadhappened, so it didn't occur to me that I had been the one who killedher, not til later. Then some of my friends at school were talking aboutthe accident, and I hear it was on Sarrett Road, and then I knew.It was awful; I couldn't think what to do, I was so horrified. I know Ifailed my history final. I mean, eventually I figured out that I had tocall the police, but I couldn't do that until I got home this afternoonsince nobody can get a hall pass anymore. It's not like I could tell anybodyat school; I mean, I guess I could have, but it was all so unreal. I wasso afraid I'd just start crying or something, I was so upset.
All right, we just need you to tell us, as calmly as you can, exactlyhow this incident occurred.
Okay. Um, I was driving home from a commencement band rehearsal at myschool. It was supposed to go to eight thirty but Mr. Sanders let us out,like, forty-five minutes early. I live just outside Newtown, and the schoolis way out on Coriander Road, so I was taking Sarrett home. The glare wasjust awful because the sun was so low, and I couldn't see anything hardlyat all. I thought I saw a little movement off to the side of the road, butI thought it was a dog or something. I guess I panicked, because I slammedon the brakes and swerved and kind of wound up crooked across the road.I swear I didn't think I'd hit whatever it was-I mean, I thought I wouldhave felt it, but my car was jerking around so much maybe I hit her andnever noticed. I've been thinking about that all day, that I just droveaway and left her there, dying, and never even knew it. But all I saw wasthis trash can just sitting there, and no dog or anything, so I took a breathand drove on home. I was so relieved that I hadn't killed somebody's pet;I never even thought, then, that it could have been a person.
Can you describe the location of this accident any more precisely?
It was just like I said, just Sarrett Road, before the turnoff to MainStreet. There weren't any houses around except for this one kind of setback from the road. I guess the trash can belonged to them. Was that theFerris house? I wasn't exactly taking notes; I didn't think anything hadhappened besides me giving myself a stupid scare.
Hmm. Miss Argones, are you aware that your car's right front headlightis broken?
I know, I noticed this morning. It was what got me really worried afterhearing where she died and all. I mean, the glass was cracked before yesterdayand I was going to get it replaced anyway, so I kept trying to convincemyself that anything could have knocked it out, but I think I must havehit her. Why else would the glass have fallen out like that?