FOLLOWUP: How to help injured West Seattle motorcycle rider

(WSB photo, Tuesday night)

In discussion following our coverage of the Tuesday night Admiral Way hit-and-run that left a motorcycle rider in critical condition, community members asked how they could help. The family has just announced crowdfunding for 44-year-old Sean Lowry and his daughter Addie. Here’s the link. So far, no new information from police on the investigation; Sean’s family says on the GoFundMe page that he was hit by a driver who “flipped a U-turn.” They also say he is in a coma, with more surgeries ahead.

15 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: How to help injured West Seattle motorcycle rider"

  • JC March 22, 2019 (11:54 am)

    HOW TO SUPPORTSome folks have asked for how to help and more info on the victim. Here you go – send you positive vibes to Sean and some cash if you can too.

  • Lisa March 22, 2019 (3:02 pm)

    I thought they had the license plate of the driver??

    • ada March 22, 2019 (5:58 pm)

      I don’t know the particulars but it could have been a stolen car, or stolen plates.

  • Admiral Mom March 22, 2019 (4:13 pm)

    Hit and run. How do you leave a human being lying  on the ground instead of helping or seeking help? 

    • puttin around thee admiral March 22, 2019 (5:58 pm)

      happens too often! much more than is reported on our beloved WSB. i was recently mowed down in delridge by a car that promptly sped off. i can guess as well as you can what causes this. part of the risk of riding though, hopefully theyre drugging sean up well, pain is not cool. thanks for the link wsb

    • Des March 23, 2019 (1:11 am)

      Horrible huh? In Sept 2018 (the night before I had to vacate my place) I was struck by a hit and run driver at 60+mph on I-5N. Right after they hit me, so did another car on the other side of “my” vehicle (rental) because he didn’t see me get pushed into his lane and couldn’t stop in time. The WSP tried to blame me for the incident until we showed him the IMPRINT of 1st cars license plate into “my” car.I had to pay out of pocket for any OTC help with pain, additional costs incurred due to extending my lease agreement thanks to the accident as well as losing FIVE full days of pay at work due to my injuries! I’m still waiting on my hospital bills to be paid for by the rental insurance (which are now in collections). 6 months later I’m still playing financial catch up due to the hit and run. As s—ty as it is and I also don’t understand how anyone could EVER do that to someone, sadly it happens everyday.I am sending a million well wishes to Sean and his family and will make sure to visit his go fund me page!! Thank you so much for posting the link for support!!! Sean, please get better soon!

    • Citizen Sane March 23, 2019 (10:56 am)

      Why do they leave the scene? Drunk or on drugsHas a warrant out on themStolen carNo insuranceIllegal alien (Washington state has more per capita than any other state, FWIW)Any combination of the above

  • Karen March 22, 2019 (4:42 pm)

    Prayers to Sean and his family.  He is a much loved co-worker and friend.  How do things like this happen to truly good people?  Hope they find the monster that did this to him.  Please help in any way that you can.  This could have been any one of us.  Another reminder that life is short and can change in the blink of an eye. 

  • Hu March 23, 2019 (8:47 am)

    I wish people would allow the city to install cameras everywhere. These guys would likely be caught quickly. I personally don’t mind the invasion of privacy.

    • Grant March 23, 2019 (12:13 pm)

      Great idea …. had we had cameras it would have been caught… but thanks to Herbold and Sawant they were all removed because they thought Trump was spying on us. 

      • WSB March 23, 2019 (12:45 pm)

        The surveillance cameras that were removed last year were not recording cameras. There was not one in that area – the nearest one was at Admiral Way Viewpoint. Two traffic cameras have since been added on Admiral, at 41st and at California (traffic cameras don’t record, either). Might even be the same cameras, as the city IT Department – who removed them – said the removed cameras were likely going to be repurposed for SDOT use. The City Council had nothing to do with any of it, except for the grant that originally was approved to fund the cameras, with the Council at some point approving the acceptance of the grant in 2012. – TR

        (Edited to add: Here’s our 2013 story recapping the City Council’s votes accepting the grant for those cameras in 2012. Harrell and O’Brien were the original approval votes in committee, and then a unanimous vote followed. Mike McGinn was the mayor. And one more addition: In early 2013, the council – to which neither of the two you mention had been elected yet – moved to require more oversight of surveillance technologies – though the decision whether to activate those cameras remained in mayoral hands, and neither McGinn nor successor Murray decided to do so.)

  • PP March 23, 2019 (9:01 am)

    I’m so sorry for Sean and his family.My husband band and I will help as much as we can to support him and family.This reminds me of April last year(2018) when I parked my car across the street from my apartment on harbor Ave. Someone hit and run my car and 2 more in a row then they literally LEFT THE CAR AT THE SCENE AND WALKED AWAY!!I was lucky that I wasn’t in my car but because of this, I lost my brand new car that I just got it for 3 months. It was completely wrecked and the insurance company was like….. I’m sorry but this is going to be a total loss. The police said they couldn’t find the driver and the license plate might be a stolen one. Even 1 year passes, I still have a traumatic from that day. I hope they catch whoever did that to Sean.!!

  • Gina March 23, 2019 (12:24 pm)

    There is a Black Impala with severe left rear side damage that was left on Ferry Ave in the 1700 area, late Thursday/early Friday has orange tow tag on it. I think plate was stolen and switched because tab date expiration date is 4/2020. BDY2354.

    • H March 23, 2019 (1:36 pm)

      Gina- if you haven’t already, would you please let the police know? Maybe there is some evidence that could be helpful to solve this case. Thank you!

    • WSB March 29, 2019 (3:33 pm)

      For anyone checking back – someone texted us today saying a TV station did a story about the rider last night and quoted police with a wholly different vehicle description. I just called police to follow up on that (they hadn’t been able to provide any followup info last week) and they said witnesses cited a black Impala (as mentioned upthread), which subsequently was found in the location Gina mentioned, last Sunday, and it’s believed to have been the vehicle involved.

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