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Hit-and-Run Accident

Pedestrian Injured in Seattle Hit-and-Run Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 5, 2013

A man who was recently attempting to elude police officers struck a pedestrian and fled the scene on foot. According to The Seattle Press Intelligencer, the hit-and-run accident occurred along Third Avenue near University Street in Seattle. Officials pulled over a gold-colored Chrysler for violating peak hour restrictions. During the stop, the driver failed to produce any form of identification. He then sped off before further action could be taken.

The authorities say that the driver then made a turn from the wrong lane against a red light and struck a pedestrian. He then successfully eluded officers on foot. The pedestrian suffered a broken leg. The authorities are still searching for the driver. Officials describe the suspect as a six-foot-tall, African-American man in his 20’s. Read the rest »

Man Dies from Injuries Suffered in Shoreline Hit-and-Run Collision

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 7, 2013

Weeks after being injured in a hit-and-run accident, a 60-year-old Seattle man has died from his injuries. The Seattle Times reports that the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Aurora Avenue North in Seattle the night of February 19. Officials say he was crossing the street when a white, full-size Ford or Chevrolet struck him and drove away. He died from his injuries on February 28. The authorities are still looking for a white van that has damage to its right, front corner and a broken right headlight.

Moments after being involved in a Washington car accident, there may be a number of questions running through your head. Was it your fault? Should you call the police? How much is this going to cost me? We all know that the right thing to do is to pull over, call the police, and offer assistance to anyone who may have been injured. The fear of being arrested or of civil litigation is sometimes enough to make an at-fault driver flee the scene of the crash. However, leaving the scene of an injury crash is illegal under Washington law. Read the rest »

Bicyclist Killed in Washington Hit-and-Run Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 6, 2013

A 38-year-old man was killed and a 51-year-old man was injured in a Washington car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the fatal bicycle accident occurred along Kendall Road in Bellingham. Officials say the two cyclists were riding when a 1994 Ford Escort struck them and drove away. The 38-year-old died at the scene and the other cyclist was hospitalized. The 57-year-old driver of the vehicle was later arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of hit-and-run.

It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident when someone has been injured or killed. According to Washington Statute 46.52.020, “A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident.” Read the rest »

Teenager Seriously Injured in Bellingham Hit-and-Run Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 30, 2013

An 18-year-old was injured in a Washington pedestrian accident involving a hit-and-run driver who drove through a crowd of pedestrians. According to a report by The Seattle Times, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Otis Street and Abbott Street in Bellingham. Officials say a boxy gray car without its lights on drove through approximately 12 to 15 pedestrians before striking two teenagers and driving off. The 18-year-old victim was hospitalized with serious injuries. A 19-year-old victim was hurt but was not hospitalized immediately following the crash. The Bellingham Police Department is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of the hit-and-run driver and vehicle.

It is against the law to leave the scene of a crash when someone has been injured. According to RCW 46.52.020, “A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident until he or she has, exchanged information and rendered reasonable assistance.” Read the rest »

King County Officials Still Looking for Hit-and-Run Driver

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 8, 2013

King County sheriff’s investigators have found a pickup truck, which they say was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a woman in North Bend. According to The Associated Press, the Ford pickup truck with a knocked-out headlight and a large dent was found about 30 miles east of Seattle. But the driver is still at large.

The pickup truck struck a 57-year-old woman who had gotten out of another vehicle after an argument and was walking alone on the roadway. A headlight fitting the truck was found at the scene of the fatal crash. Read the rest »

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