West Seattle Crime Watch: Hit-run crash

Just out of the WSB inbox from Jennifer, regarding a hit-run reported in The Junction:

We are looking for a burgundy VW van with black ski equipment on the roof – it just rear-ended my boss’s Toyota Camry at the corner of California and Erskine, just around 3:15pm today.

If anyone knows the license plate or saw what happened, we’d appreciate it if you could contact the Seattle PD…as you can imagine, my boss was a little shaken up and didn’t see the license plate number.

Much appreciated for any help!!

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10 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Hit-run crash"

  • John long December 27, 2010 (4:57 pm)

    Jennifer: ask your boss if it was a square VW van or the older rounded surfer type VW van. I am aware of the square “eurovan” models on Genessee hill and don’t recall a maroon one. In either case it should stick out. Good luck.

  • sophista-tiki December 27, 2010 (5:11 pm)

    I swear I saw this VW at the junction on christmas eve. I always take note of a vintage bus because I have one. It had a handicap parking pass in the window and I think it was a ’69

  • 35this35mph December 27, 2010 (8:19 pm)

    In case it is helpful in identifying the VW van in question I posted a picture showing the various generations of Busses.
    https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B1SHxQYovVEwZjFjOWZhMWItMGI2ZC00YjQ3LWIxNjAtYmEzZmYyZjcyNGU3&hl=en&authkey=CKvk3ooO
    Looks like Google won’t preview it, so you gotta download if you want to see it. Best of luck!

  • E December 27, 2010 (8:29 pm)

    Ask the dudes at Hans vw repair shop on 35th. They might have their car worked on there?!?!?

  • Eric December 27, 2010 (10:46 pm)

    No offense but how could a VW van do a hit and RUN? I mean a guy on a bicycle can probably run one down.
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    Seriously, that sucks. I get a bit depressed at the lack of responsibility these days.

  • Genessee neighbor December 27, 2010 (11:01 pm)

    So was this what all the sirens and police and fire trucks were about tonight about 4:30 – 5:00? I heard the streets were blocked with police diverting traffic.

    • WSB December 27, 2010 (11:13 pm)

      This was earlier. There was a crash at California/Oregon at 4:45, not serious, if that’s the area you’re talking about … it “closed” before we even could head out to check on it. – TR

  • Ken December 28, 2010 (7:05 am)

    72 vw van had a porche 914 engine. All of them would do 70-80 with a tail wind.
    Many or the restorations of older vans get a porche air cooled engine.

    As Han.

  • sophista-tiki December 28, 2010 (8:18 am)

    I’ve got a 64 split window and its all metal vinatgeness has done major damage to modern plastic cars. Dont underestimate a bus.

  • Jennifer December 28, 2010 (10:55 am)

    It was an older model Vanagon, according to my boss. No sign of the “Burgundy Evil-Doer” yet, but we’ll keep a look-out. Thanks again to everyone who commented – keep WS safe!

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