West Seattle Crime Watch: Another hit-and-run mystery

From just southwest of The Junction, Bill e-mailed in hopes that you might be able to help solve this crime:

I’d like to report a hit and run on the corner of Erskine Way SW and SW Dawson that happened (last night). The hit vehicle, a 2002 Saturn Vue, was parked in front of my house.

… My vehicle was hit from behind on the driver’s side. The bumper and tailgate was damaged and the tailpipe is broken. No paint was left but the damage to the other vehicle would have to have been to the front passenger side.

… Just one other note, a neighbor just told me that the hit and run occurred at 9:05 PM last night as he heard a “crash” but he was not able to get to his window in time to see the vehicle.

If anybody (else) saw or heard anything I’d sure appreciate it if they step forward.

He did call police, and reports a “cordial and professional” officer responded: “She collected evidence which included what looked like a signal light casing and it had a part number. She is going to try to trace the number.”

7 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Another hit-and-run mystery"

  • rw May 7, 2009 (3:33 pm)

    Good luck with this. Two years ago my car was side-swiped — hard — by a hit and run on Stevens St. west of the PCC. It happened overnight and the damage to the body, frame, axles, and wheels was bad enough that the car, a 99 Passat, had to be totaled.

  • rockergirl May 7, 2009 (4:32 pm)

    Total bummer – my car was recently sideswiped like this while parked at the Spokane Coliseum while attending an event. People cut the turns to close and or don’t pay attention and we end up paying for it in the end.

  • Mustafa May 7, 2009 (4:57 pm)

    Sadly, they are probably drunk drivers. Who else hits a car that is not even moving? I mean, it could be a teenager, or somebody checking their cell phone, or some old lady. But in that case, they would probably stay at the scene and do what they are supposed to. Sorry to hear about that. If we had CSI, you could check the paint residue left and figure out the make and model. Maybe we need cameras like Great Britain has. That’s one of the reason they’re “great.” It’s great if you can catch hit and run drivers. Keep us posted.

  • E May 7, 2009 (5:05 pm)

    Ya know, I had a friend who sideswiped a whole row of cars parked on a curve, and she hadn’t been drinking, didn’t own a cell phone, etc. She just had bad depth perception, and drove too fast. Sometimes that’s all it is.

  • Stephanie May 8, 2009 (6:41 am)

    I live at 46th & findlay and I’m sure this is what woke my dogs up. I looked at the clock and it said 9:00. Good to know they can here up to 3 blocks away! I’m sorry about your car Bill. This happened to me about 3 times when I lived in Ballard. If anyone out there parks on the street regularly make sure you get comprehensive insurance.

  • AJP May 8, 2009 (9:50 am)

    Ugh, for the ultimate adding insult-to-injury hit-and-run, check out this post on the fail blog: http://failblog.org/2009/05/07/double-fail-3/

  • Mustafa May 11, 2009 (10:26 pm)

    Yeah, but E — did your friend with bad depth perception then drive away in a panic? Didn’t think so. That’s how you know they’re drunk people. They just go on impulse. Fight or flight man. And since you can fight the law, you got to flight the law. See?

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