Update: Bicycle rider hit near bridge recovers, and meets Good Samaritan, as search for driver continues

May 31, 2014 at 10:57 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

(UPDATED 3:33 pm with hospital-room meeting between crash victim and Good Samaritan)

10:57 AM: The bicycle rider badly hurt by a hit-run driver last week is recovering and talked with KING 5 reporter Elisa Hahn for the story you can watch above (and on the station’s website). 30-year-old John Macy and his family hope someone will come forward – maybe even the driver her/himself – to solve the case. The newest information is still the same update reported here a week ago, republished below:

Detectives have reason to believe the suspect vehicle is light metallic blue and is missing the right-side mirror. The vehicle should have damage to the front bumper as well as heavy damage to the windshield. The suspect’s vehicle had been traveling westbound at the time of the collision and likely continued over the lower bridge and into West Seattle. Detectives are asking anyone with information to please call TCIS Detective Andrew Norton at -206-684-8934.

(It happened the night of Thursday, May 22nd, around 9 pm.)

3:33 PM UPDATE: We just learned from Harborview Medical Center that David Peterson, the Good Samaritan who spotted John Macy in the road, met him today at the hospital:

That photo is by Bobbi Nodell of Harborview, who says the family asked that they share an update so we could share it with you. She quotes David Peterson as saying, “A huge weight has been lifted knowing he will be OK.” The photojournalist you see at right is from KING 5, which will have a followup on TV tonight.

12 Comments

  1. In addition to looking for the physical damage to the car, also look for ‘damage’ to the culprit.

    ‘MOST’ people, after hitting a person in this manor will be affected by what they did, saw and heard, and there will be signs to look for in ‘MOST’ people:

    Look for someone who isn’t sleeping well, eating regularly, or getting short-tempered and irritable. Maybe while this person is watching the news or a television show depicting someone getting injured is a similar fashion they will turn off the TV or turn away because they can’t stand the reminder. Or if there is a conversation regarding this or this type of situation they shy away or leave.

    Do any of these symptoms sound like anyone in your family, neighborhood or work place?

    If there is any inkling at all that you might suspect who it is you owe it to John Macy to report it to the Police. And if you’re wrong, so what, that person gets questioned and then thanked after being cleared. But if you’re right…

    Because next time ‘John Macy’ could be you, or your son or daughter, your neighbor or the person you look forward to seeing when going to…

    Comment by sbre — 1:46 pm May 31, 2014 #

  2. I just don’t understand how a person can strike someone with their car – and then drive off.
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    Sbre while you may mean well, that is absolutely obnoxious to report someone to the police because they seem psychologically disturbed/distressed.
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    Physical evidence is the only way to solve something like this, or a credible admission of guilt by the culprit.

    Comment by ScubaFrog — 2:00 pm May 31, 2014 #

  3. Good points as to the possible behavioral changes to the alleged “perp”, sbre.

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    They all seem so obvious, but I don’t think I, personally, would have thought to be aware of them.

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    Mike

    Comment by miws — 2:41 pm May 31, 2014 #

  4. I rode through that area today and was thinking about this rider. I hope the person who hit him is found–even better if they come forward on their own.

    Comment by datamuse — 2:45 pm May 31, 2014 #

  5. Adding a photo to the story. The Good Samaritan met the rider today at the hospital; we didn’t hear about it in advance but the hospital just shared a photo. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 3:31 pm May 31, 2014 #

  6. I don’t sleep well, have irregular eating habits and can be a bit short tempered and frustrated on occasion so please have the police arrest me. I do not have a car nor do I drive but in your mind I must be the criminal so please contact me so the appropriate steps can be taken to get my murderous a** off the street.

    Comment by Rick — 3:57 pm May 31, 2014 #

  7. Sbre seems to know a lot about this type of behavior. He/she could be a detective. Be nice cranky Rick.

    Comment by Jo — 4:24 pm May 31, 2014 #

  8. Wishing a speedy recovery to John Macy, and hoping the culprit is soon apprehended.
    I am happy to say I know David Peterson, the Good Samaritan in this story, and his kind and good-hearted behavior just serves to confirm for me what I’ve known for years—David is one of the sweetest guys in the world. :)

    Comment by pupsarebest — 5:09 pm May 31, 2014 #

  9. It never ceases to amaze me what people think they know and present as facts. And,yeah,I can be a cranky. Love you too…

    Comment by Rick — 11:31 pm May 31, 2014 #

  10. SOMEONE must live near this vehicle! I take a different route every time I drive, walk, or bike somewhere so that I can scan the cars. If they have a garage, that’s where it is.

    Rick, that’s just stupid and quite obviously NOT what the poster was saying. Too bad you feel you have to aim that crap at someone who’s doing what they can to be helpful and seems to know what they’re talking about.

    Comment by amalia — 4:37 pm June 1, 2014 #

  11. I’m glad the cyclist is ok.
    I hope they find the hit and run driver and lock her up for a long time.
    I’m a cyclist myself.
    There is still a question yet to be answered since reporting on this story. Many people asked. Was the cyclist riding illegally making the crazy diagonal crossing like many do every day? This is an issue that should be addressed for the safety of all. They built us a nice loop around other than the pee smell and it should be used. The fact that it hasn’t been reported that he wasn’t making the diagonal crossing leads me to believe he was.
    I hope the cyclist has a complete and speedy recovery.

    Comment by dcn — 11:32 pm June 1, 2014 #

  12. The cycling routes through West Seattle are awful and on top of that, it seems that drivers are becoming more aggressive and careless. When behind the wheel of a vehicle, you are in control of a deadly weapon and that responsibility should not be overlooked. As enouragining the public to do the right thing may be an impossible feat, engineering controls to make cycling safer are not. Maybe we could start by re-lining 35th Ave SW.

    Comment by CJR — 8:04 pm June 3, 2014 #

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