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Amanda Dahl arrested in Khiar Raymond's death

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By Meghan McRoberts

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The family of a local teenager killed by a hit and run driver is hoping to soon have more answers as to why the driver left the teen to die.

Boynton Beach Police say 22-year old Amanda Dahl turned herself in Tuesday after police considered her a main suspect in 15-year-old Khiar Raymond's death.

Raymond's family has been waiting for weeks for Dahl to come forward. "It saddens us that it's taken this person this long to come forward," said Raymond's Uncle, Carl McKoy.

"She went through Christmas with her family. She went through New Year's with her family. We had to be in mourning during that time period. We're still in mourning."

Police say Dahl hit Raymond in Boynton Beach just days before Christmas on High Ridge Road.

Police say Dahl left the scene of the crash, but eventually returned posing as a bystander. "It's almost like a heartless action on her part, and I don't want to say anything negative, but it's just sad that there are people in this world who would do such a thing," McKoy said.

Dr. Mark Ellinger is a clinical psychologist. He hasn't studied this case specifically, but says it's common for people to leave the scene of a tragedy. "It's common when people are in an emergency situation they have an adrenaline dump. It's fight, flight or freeze. She did not fight or freeze. She fled," Ellinger said. He says coming back to the scene, however, is odd. "Possibly fear made her flee, but then [returned] out of guilt or shame to see what was going on," Ellinger said.

Guilt or shame didn't lead Dahl to turn herself in. It was a warning from police that she would be arrested if she didn't.

Dahl's surrender is giving loved ones something to be glad about. "This brings us another step closer to bring closure to this tragedy," McKoy said.

A spokeswoman with the Palm Beach County School District says Dahl worked as a temporary employee since 2009 at Elbridge Gale Elementary School as an after care leader.

Her job was terminated Tuesday.

She is expected to appear in court Wednesday morning.

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