West Seattle Crime Watch: Hit-and-run; bike thief; bike found

A witness who wanted to be anonymous reports a hit-and-run Thursday night:

I was traveling West on Fauntleroy just past the Morgan Junction when 1 car with three teenagers come around the corner heading east on Fauntleroy going about 70 mph are fishtailing around the corner. The driver overcompensates and fish tails into on coming traffic just missing me, but hitting the SUV behind me head on. I pull off the road looking to give aid and act as a witness to the entire accident when I see the teenagers start to flee the scene in the car pictured (above). I see them turn down that side street and knowing it’s a loop I can head them off at the next street, so I go and block their escape with my truck. I pull up just as the driver is opening the door for his passenger. The driver run into a neighbor’s yard while his two passengers head straight toward me acting as if they’re just taking a walk in the park. I dial 911 and tell them I am holding two kids involved in the hit and run. A neighbor gives assistance, but one kid runs off while I keep the other by the shirt collar.

Police then arrived, the witness reports, but we haven’t yet found a related police report, so we don’t know whether an arrest ensued, or whether the other suspects were found. The Seattle Fire log entry for the crash shows an engine dispatched but not a medic unit dispatched, which generally means no major injuries.

Meantime, a bicycle-theft victim shares a surveillance photo, in hopes you might recognize the thief:

This tipster says the theft happened back in May – the timestamp is accurate – but hasn’t been solved yet, so he’s distributing the photo. The building where it happened is near 54th and Alki. If you have any information, contact Seattle Police and refer to incident #13-162005.

FOUND BICYCLE: These often tend to be stolen bikes, so in case someone is looking for this one, here is the information sent by Leah:

We found a women’s mountain bike, maker Norco, in the street (Wednesday) morning just north of the waters towers on 35th and Myrtle. There is an intact cable lock wrapped around the base of the bike. If it’s yours, please email us at llacivita@hotmail.com and let us know what the color is.

14 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Hit-and-run; bike thief; bike found"

  • Eric July 13, 2013 (8:11 am)

    Awesome job anonymous! Luckily no one was killed and glad you caught one of them and hopefully catch the other POS trying to take no responsibility for such stupid actions.

  • Rockford Columbo July 13, 2013 (8:15 am)

    Diggin’ on the teenage perp being detained by their shirt collar. Jolly good work Anonymous Accident Witness!

  • flimflam July 13, 2013 (8:42 am)

    yep, good job, sir!

  • miws July 13, 2013 (9:24 am)

    Kudos to the witness for getting involved!



  • faceless July 13, 2013 (9:44 am)

    Digging on the Anonymous Accident Dude- nothing like throwing down a can of whoop ass!

  • Mike July 13, 2013 (10:14 am)

    Glad some people were able to grab at least one of the kids.


    I had a close call the other day when some kids in a late 80s/early 90s dark blue minivan pulled out in front of me. After that they bolted off speeding down a side street. A guy walking heard my honk and braking and watched the kids zip by him. He grabbed their plate number for me. If SPD would ever do anything with the plate number I’d be happy to give it to them, not sure it would be these kids or not since the vehicle is different.

  • West Seattle Hipster July 13, 2013 (10:29 am)

    Great work by the witness.

  • Heidi July 13, 2013 (12:38 pm)

    Oh my goodness, I think that’s my son’s bike that was stolen Monday night/Tuesday morning after our apartment complex was broken in to. Emailing you right now!

  • heidi July 14, 2013 (12:13 pm)

    To the poster that found the bike, I emailed you yesterday and haven’t heard back. I’m hoping you got the email! My son is very anxious to hear back whether its his bike or not. Thanks :)

  • Bike Me July 14, 2013 (8:44 pm)

    What happened with the head on car crash? Did they find the driver?

  • LL July 16, 2013 (9:01 am)

    Hi Heidi
    Sorry, your email could have gotten lost in the junk mail filter. I’d been looking, but you never know. Call 2o6-4l7-o576. Leah

  • heidi July 16, 2013 (5:02 pm)

    Leah, thank you. I left you a voicemail with my number. Heidi

  • heidi July 16, 2013 (5:13 pm)

    Leah, thank you. I left you a voicemail with my number.

  • Michelle July 17, 2013 (3:16 pm)

    I witnessed the hit and run driver pull away since it was in front of my house. The police took my contact information so I could identify the driver but have not been contacted yet. I too couldn’t find a report on the incident either. I hope they caught the driver who was laughing as he drove away after hitting the family.

    The 3 victims in the car that was hit were fine, including a young child who was just shaken.

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