FOLLOWUP: Suspected hit-run homicide car found in Highland Park

(WSB photo)

1:09 PM: On its way to the Seattle Police evidence room as of a short time ago – what’s believed to be one of two vehicles sought in connection with the Monday hit-run homicide near Longfellow Creek that killed 34-year-old Derrick Lacomb. A WSB reader spotted the damaged car along SW Thistle near 13th SW this morning and contacted us as well as police. Here are two photos the reader sent – the covered-over front light was a telltale feature:

Once police got there for a look at the car, they radioed in that it indeed appeared to be the one they were looking for, so they impounded it. We are checking to see if the other one (as seen in Wednesday’s report) has turned up yet.

4:50 PM: Thanks to the texter who pointed out an SPD update we missed, that the other vehicle was found late yesterday.

17 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Suspected hit-run homicide car found in Highland Park"

  • Joseph August 27, 2020 (1:25 pm)

    Too bad they couldn’t have arrested the registered owner before he gets a chance to flee. I hope they have but just haven’t announced it yet.

    • Niko August 27, 2020 (8:10 pm)

      For all you know this car is stolen

  • Jason here August 27, 2020 (2:17 pm)

    Please tell me they conducted an old-fashioned stakeout for a few hours – hoping the driver would return to the vehicle. I picture a mustached detective sitting in an unmarked around the corner with binoculars. With or without coffee. 

    • WSB August 27, 2020 (2:27 pm)

      If you’re not familiar with the area – this is not a spot where you’re parking temporarily and coming back. It’s by a vacant lot before Thistle comes to a temporary steep-sloped end. A few hours elapsed between the reader’s call to police and the tow; we went by twice in hopes of finding police there, then a third time when we heard the tow had arrived (as seen in the photo, we arrived just after the tow truck left, with officer following it to the evidence/processing facility). I don’t know whether it was stolen or not. – TR

  • WSlite August 27, 2020 (2:21 pm)

    Awesome job to the person who called it in! Hopefully that means they’ll catch the driver as well. I knew West Seattle residents would find those vehicles if they stuck around in our area. Thanks WSB for spreading info on suspected vehicles to all of us too, it plays a huge part in keeping us informed and getting the bad guys.  

  • Brandon August 27, 2020 (2:24 pm)

    The way they were driving, I hope  it wasn’t stolen and dumped.  Or, mabe the owner was that crazy a driver, based on the targeted driving in the video. Anyway, good work WSB and neighbors.

  • waikikigirl August 27, 2020 (2:39 pm)

    I have a feeling even though it was (stolen) it’s not going to be…

  • anonyme August 27, 2020 (2:42 pm)

    This was not a crime committed by a criminal genius.  Hopefully, he will soon be behind bars.

  • WSREZ August 27, 2020 (2:52 pm)

    You would assume that they ditched the car there… pretty dumb to park it so close to where you live. BUT- criminals tend to not always be the wisest. Hope the family is doing okay- senseless tragedy. 

  • Alki resident August 27, 2020 (3:02 pm)

    The amount of damage to that car makes me cringe. That man died a horrible death. What went on today North of Home Depot with so many police around noon? 

    • WSB August 27, 2020 (4:33 pm)

      There was a report of possible gunfire. Not sure how it all turned out but no medical calls.

      • Arly August 27, 2020 (11:28 pm)

        Yep less than 100 ft from hit and run. 

  • Willie Murderface August 27, 2020 (4:33 pm)

    cars have been dumped along that stretch of road for well over twenty years now, if not longer. 

  • Rando August 27, 2020 (8:32 pm)

    There’s plenty of DNA and prints in that car. It’ll be a matter of time before it’s all wrapped up. 

  • Hammer in Hand August 28, 2020 (8:25 pm)

    You can run, but you will never be able to hideyou will be found, arrested and brought to justice!  Thank you to WSB and SPD for your service and a job well done!

  • AN September 4, 2020 (10:39 am)

    Any updates on this story? Have they found the driver or the other car that may possibly be involved?

    • WSB September 4, 2020 (11:14 am)

      No report of an arrest but as noted in the story, SPD had found the other car (and updated its blotter post without publicly announcing that otherwise) the night before. (The blotter post, however, has not been updated with THIS discovery.)

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