UPDATE: Hit-run crash at 35th/Avalon

8:41 PM: Police investigating a crash have blocked northbound 35th SW between Avalon and Fauntleroy, so if you’re headed that way, plan on a detour. Tipster Barb says this is a hit-run, with a vehicle taking off after sideswiping a van (and reportedly leaving a plate behind). We’re headed that way to find out more.

8:56 PM: Our crew at the scene sent the photo we’ve added above. That’s the van the hit-run driver damaged. Everyone inside is OK. Police confirm they do indeed have that left-behind plate and are looking for the vehicle’s owner.

9:52 PM: The SDOT camera for the intersection shows the road’s open again.

10 Replies to "UPDATE: Hit-run crash at 35th/Avalon"

  • Shawn September 13, 2017 (9:41 pm)

    That must be the sound I heard when leaving Taco Time. Just as I was about to pull out of the Starbucks exit, an early / mid-2000s Dodge pick-up truck pulled in as if it was going to the Starbucks drive through. The front bumper was bent facing down and I noticed water dripping from the front, possibly coolant. While I was waiting to turn left onto Fauntleroy, this same truck came up from behind and made a left onto the other street just before Fauntleroy at the lumber yard. (36th?) The driver took off at full throttle with the rear of the truck swerving side to side, heading south. 

    Never saw the driver after that, but from the very dim profile in the Starbucks lot, it might have been a male driver.

    • Robinmama4 September 13, 2017 (10:40 pm)

      Please call non emergency to report. 

  • WTF September 13, 2017 (11:02 pm)

    They’ll be found.  

  • CR September 14, 2017 (6:16 am)

    SDOT camera , won’t that have pics ?

    • WSB September 14, 2017 (7:09 am)

      They don’t record.

  • JC September 14, 2017 (9:27 am)

    Ok that’s an SUV, not a van.  Glad to hear occupants are ok, but hope they catch that hit n run driver.

  • Spokant September 14, 2017 (10:16 am)

    Actually, I think it is a Prius V, which means nobody knows what the hell to call it :-)

    • WSB September 14, 2017 (10:40 am)

      I’ll defer to “vehicle” in the future. But it really does look like what at least used to pass for “minivan,” and then again, what qualifies as “small SUV” these days took the place of what was a “station wagon,” and we could go on and on, perhaps a topic for the forum! – TR

  • Lola September 14, 2017 (2:34 pm)

    Did anything come of the plate that was left at the scene?  Or was it stolen?

    • WSB September 14, 2017 (2:40 pm)

      There doesn’t seem to be a citation attached to the incident # in the Muni Court system, although that could mean many things. But scanner traffic indicated at the time that they were planning to go to the registered owner’s address (which was in West Seattle).

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