West Seattle Crime Watch: Van vandalized; freeway hit-run

Two reports for West Seattle Crime Watch – a vandalized van used by a coach for special-needs kids, and a hit-run victim looking for witnesses – read on:

From Holly:

(Saturday) night my husband who is a camp director and runs camps for kids with special needs went to return his 15-passenger work van to his work place and discovered that a hole had been punched in the gas tank. The van was parked in front of our residence (between Thistle and Cloverdale on 18th Ave SW).

The tow truck driver said this is not as uncommon as you might think. People are puncturing gas tanks and draining the fuel. Not sure if this was the case or not.

And from Tammy:

(Friday) night at 7:00 pm I was driving south on I5 working my way over to the West Seattle Bridge exit lane when another vehicle clipped my rear left side. Whoever hit me had plenty of time to get to the exit, but they chose not to. It ruined my bumper and will cost $1000+ to repair. If anyone happened to see this last night could you let me know? I was driving a 2007 Green Honda Pilot.

5 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Van vandalized; freeway hit-run"

  • West Seattleite October 30, 2011 (9:37 am)

    Probably road rage after a frustrating week of Viadoom. Saw quite a bit of angry drivers on Friday.

  • Krystal October 30, 2011 (11:48 am)

    Sorry to hear about both these incidents!

    The exit lane to WS from I-5 is awful. I have almost been nailed several times from cars cutting in at the last minute. If I hadn’t been paying attention, I would have hit them, and they would have hit the barrier.

    It’s a bit mess right there, especially for everyone cutting across from I-5 south and all the influx of traffic coming off the I-90 exit, there have been several time I haven’t been able to make it all the way over, and the responsible thing to do is take the next exit and backtrack.

  • Casey October 30, 2011 (12:25 pm)

    I was happy to see that during viadoom the HOV lane for that 3 mile stretch by ws bridge exit was open to everyone!

  • Anon October 30, 2011 (6:15 pm)

    Tip for anyone travelling south on I-5 planning to take the West Seattle exit, take the I-90 collector distrubtor lanes, that way you only have to merge to the right one lane. It works pretty well.

  • LyndaB October 30, 2011 (7:40 pm)

    Anon. That’s what I usually do at night. So scary to switch lanes

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