WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Hit-run driver crashes in stolen car

Police are on the scene of a crash at 18th/Henderson involving a stolen car (above). According to emergency-radio traffic we were monitoring before the crash, the car drew the attention of an officer responding to something else. He was following it for a while, then lost track of it – until discovering it had crashed into other vehicles at 18th/Henderson. The driver, described so far only as “a white female,” ran. According to subsequent radio communication, the car, a beige Toyota Camry, was reported stolen from Federal Way. At the scene, our photographer was told that the Camry driver clipped at least two other vehicles, including this one:

Finally, the driver hit a Honda, pushing it up onto the sidewalk. No injuries reported at this point.

8 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Hit-run driver crashes in stolen car"

  • Alki resident May 6, 2022 (12:46 pm)

    Of course they crashed. They always crash and destroy and put people in a financial strain. So sick of this. 

  • Eric1 May 6, 2022 (1:16 pm)

    Obviously the fault of the police officer for scaring the honest car thief into driving away at high speed. This is an open and shut case of vehicle profiling gone amok. Just because an older Toyota has no license plates doesn’t mean that nefarious things are going on. I am sure the woman running away from the scene was just heading to the nearest pay phone to call in the accident. Pay phones are hard to find so it may take a while. But I am sure that she will be providing her license and proof of insurance shortly. 

    • WestSeattle Neighbor May 6, 2022 (2:39 pm)

      Spot on!!!  🤣

    • Jay May 6, 2022 (3:23 pm)

      Chasing usually ends in crashes. Believe it or not, it’s harder to run from a helicopter than a car and the criminals don’t drive as recklessly during an aerial chase. There are also roadblocks, following at a distance, etc. High speed chase is literally the worst option in almost every situation.

    • Best Wishes May 6, 2022 (5:48 pm)

      And if she was at fault, I’m sure she didn’t mean it. A lapse of judgment, really. Regardless of the past 20-30 felony convictions, a strong talking to, and a stint in a drug rehab program or halfway house, with no time served, will be what she needs to recover from this life of crime. Even if she leaves the program before time required, I’m sure she understands the impact of her actions and will repent and make amends with all people impacted. 

  • DRW May 6, 2022 (2:05 pm)

    Dang! Right in front of my house. Just wait, there’s going to be a huge crash there soon. People driving way too fast on Henderson and that little blind hill coming from Delridge is just waiting. Please slow down on Henderson.

  • Auntie May 6, 2022 (2:18 pm)

    Someone, please get this woman the help she needs: driving lessons!

  • On 20th May 6, 2022 (3:36 pm)

    Yesterday, this car was in the alley behind my house.  Northbound in alley near 20th and Elmgrove.  It dropped off a man.  I thought it was odd for a person to be dropped off in an alley and then not go to a house.  I assumed a drug deal or some kind of other transaction.  He walked away from the alley and headed south on 20th towards Thistle.  We made eye contact several times, like he was extra aware of me noticing him.  This cream car turned around and also headed south on 20th towards Thistle.  Yesterday was odd, I’m not surprised it was involved it was stolen. 

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