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Two pedestrians hit, driver escapes on foot

By master · December 27th, 2009 · 17 Comments

Updated Monday morning: Police are still searching for the suspect involved in this accident. They say the suspect was driving an unreported stolen vehicle when the accident happened. He was “bleeding profusely from the head and face,” the SPD Blotter states.

Updated Sunday: A car driving down N 39th St. collided with a SUV at Fremont Ave., and the resulting crash injured two pedestrians, witnesses say. The driver of the Chevy Nova, bloodied in the crash, ran away from the scene. Witnesses say he was last seen running down N 39th to Dayton.

The accident happened at 11:30 Sunday morning. Witnesses say one pedestrian suffered major injuries from flying debris, and another sustained minor injuries. Two people in the SUV were injured, as well as a passenger in the Nova. A total of four people were taken to the hospital.

Witnesses tell us the Nova drove through a red light. Police are searching for the driver, who’s wanted in the hit and run. He’s described as a man with black hair in a ponytail, wearing a red shirt, with a significant amount of blood on him. If you see the suspect, you’re asked to call 911.

Officers are following up on several leads, including a Ballard address on the car registration as well as a walk-in patient at Harborview Medical Center, but so far no confirmation of an arrest.

Update: Police now believe the car was stolen. (Thanks, Silver for the tips!)

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jim Broadus // Dec 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Driving too fast on that baby spare?

    I hope our pedestrian neighbors are okay.

  • 2 Chris // Dec 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    one of the cars blew the light, the SUV got T-boned

  • 3 Name // Dec 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    surely they’ll catch this creep. woulda been nice if someone could have grabbed him.

  • 4 jm // Dec 27, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Checked the plate in the data base and the red car was caught on camera cited for running a light in August 11,2009.

  • 5 randi // Dec 27, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    what a POS coward thing to do…you can run, but you can’t hide!!

  • 6 Name // Dec 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    not all that suprising is it???

  • 7 sherrlock // Dec 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    It’s very surprising, considering the car was stolen. Perhaps it means the car itself is evil. Unless it was stolen 5 months ago of course…..

  • 8 Silver // Dec 27, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    The Seattle Times has an article here. covers it here.

  • 9 SPG // Dec 27, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    …and a history of few police around issuing tickets in Seattle leaves drivers with the lesson that they can drive like jackasses and get away with it.

  • 10 kim // Dec 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    remember, people don’t like big brother and we don’t have the man power for a reason. $$$$$

  • 11 BTown // Dec 28, 2009 at 1:18 am

    I fear that Ballard is going to have pedestrian incidents like this… Leary and the cross walks are always hairy at 5PM when people are speeding home. Leary and Market are always a concern… just a bad mix of j-walkers, oblivious pedestrians, overly aggressive drivers, speeders, and red-light runners.

  • 12 SPG // Dec 28, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Soooooo, if there was a passenger in the Nova who didn't run away and people were seriously hurt in the accident, can't the police hold that passenger as an accessory to the crime until they tell the police who was driving?

  • 13 Silver // Dec 28, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I'm sure they can. It won't be tough to keep track of him, I think he's still at Harborview with a broken jaw.

  • 14 Silver // Dec 28, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    If anybody is curious, the reason that the red Nova was an *unreported* stolen was that the young man who had permission to use the car (his dad's) was at work at his job in Fremont when the car was stolen from it's parking place.

    Police ran the plate on the Nova through their database and it came back to an address in North Ballard. Police went to the North Ballard address to see if the owner was at home. He was, and he said that he had two sons, one 0f whom had permission to drive the car that day. They found out that the son worked at a place in Fremont. Police arrived at the son's workplace and he was there, working. He did not appear to have been in a traffic accident. They went to where he said that he had left the car parked, and it was missing with broken glass on the ground. They had him fill out a stolen vehicle report.

    The delightful individual that stole the car and crashed it into several innocent bystanders then left his associate suffering from a broken jaw, and facial injuries in the wrecked, stolen car.

    I hope they nail his butt to the wall.

  • 15 Name // Dec 29, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I looked at but didn’t see how to do this. Could you elaborate a little? or a lot?

  • 16 Ole Clunker // Dec 29, 2009 at 11:43 am

    You go to this link:

    On the left side, you select Vehicle and then type in the license plate. If you get a hit, with more clicks on the case number other info shows. It takes some testing.

  • 17 Ole Clunker // Dec 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Maybe the suspected hit and run driver was one of Washington's most wanted fugitives and that's why he ran away.

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