FIRST REPORT, 10:28 PM: Just got a note about a hit-run driver damaging cars near Charlestown Cafe. Stacy reports, “Many in the street trying to figure out what happened. Glass all over the road on California.” Listening to the scanner, police are now checking on a report elsewhere in West Seattle of a driver getting out of a car and discussing having been in a crash. More info as/if we get it. (added later – here’s an account from Ranette, one of the hit-run victims):
I was driving the first car hit by this driver. Driving south on California, I had been at the PCC with my friend. I heard the tires screeching behind us and then felt the hard impact (back of my car). I tried to keep from hitting the cars parked on California Avenue. I think I glimpsed a dark car. I pulled over and we got out. There were a lot of people outside who had heard the accident. A few had seen it and described a dark or black hatchback hitting my car then trying to regain control to take a quick left off of California onto Bradford??? (street north of Andover). Apparently, the driver did not have much control and knocked down a stop sign which hit two parked and unoccupied cars (but I did not see this only informed by witnesses and police officer). The driver kept going. The police officer said they had just heard of a car with the same description driving on three wheels. What a horrible feeling to be in an accident like this. It felt like the car came out of nowhere and hit us so hard. It is especially disturbing that the other driver left the accident location. My friend and I were wearing our seatbelts, as usual, and we are so glad we were. The rear of my car is pretty damaged but not so bad that I could not drive home.
SECOND REPORT, ADDED 11:34 PM: Received a note from a Harbor Ave resident troubled by what she saw tonight and wondering if there are any Block Watch groups in her area. We referred her to Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Benjamin Kinlow but also are sharing her story as it relates to some of what was discussed at the Alki Community Council meeting last Thursday – read on (1:52 am note, we’re also adding info just received from police on BOTH these incidents):
We live on Harbor Avenue, and as all residents of this area know, when the weather
gets nice, it tends to be “the place to be and be seen.”
Most of us who follow the blog know the element that seems to be taking over our neighborhoods is becoming more frequent and more serious in nature. 2 weeks ago we witnessed the takedown (at gunpoint) of a car full of young adults in front of our house by Seattle PD. It was disturbing to see, considering the time of night (6 pm), and the amount of people out enjoying the nice weather.
Tonight at about 9:40 pm was even worse. A white SUV was pulled over in front of our house again. This time there were 4 youths in the car and 7 police cars that were involved in the arrest process. The driver and all passengers were cuffed and put in police cars. Apparently, according to the officer I spoke with after things settled down, it was a stolen vehicle. I’m sure you will check it out tomorrow, and get many more details than I have right now.
I am just beginning to wonder if this is what we as residents of Alki can expect for the rest of the summer. Somehow, it’s beginning to feel alot less like home than the playground it’s becoming for thieves and gang members.
Are there any neighborhood watch groups active on Harbor Ave? There aren’t too many houses down this way, but it would be nice to know that on some level we are looking out for each other…..
As mentioned, we pointed the resident here. Meantime, we will indeed check to see what we can find out, about both of these incidents.
1:57 AM UPDATE: We’ve obtained information from Lt. Ron Smith regarding both these incidents: First, in the hit-run, he says the “suspect driver (a West Seattle resident)” was located and “did confess” – he was “issued a criminal citation for hit and run and also a notice of infraction (standard traffic ticket).” Lt. Smith says damage included not only the vehicle mentioned above, but also a stop sign and two parked vehicles. Meantime, as for the Harbor Ave incident, he confirms “units assigned to (the) Alki area” discovered the car was reported stolen, in Seattle, so officers “made a basic felony stop in which four subjects were taken into custody.” One man was booked into jail for investigation of auto theft; another was also taken to jail because of a warrant; two passengers were “interviewed and released.”