Working in the Seattle area as a Kent personal injury attorney and pedestrian accident lawyer I have faced many victims of serious hit and run accidents and have seen the lifelong pain one of these accidents can cause. Sadly, this month the Seattle area has experienced an overwhelming number of these serious hit and run accidents that have claimed two young lives, left extensive property damage on two local houses and injured three pedestrians.
Tuesday, December 14th marked the start of this string of heinous hit and run accidents. Police have sited speed as a major factor in the Lacey, Washington accident that claimed the life of a 16-year-old boy as he slept in his bed. An SUV sped through and intersection and crashed into a house in Lacey, Washington. The crash occurred around 12:30 am and 16-year-old Austin Blankenship was killed by the rampant SUV. The driver of the SUV, 27-year-old Bobby Hicks fled the scene, but was later apprehended.
Another house fell victim to a hit and run driver in Mercer Island on Wednesday December 22nd. The driver failed to stop at a traffic stop, speeding off and crashing into a Mercer Island home. The incident occurred at the 60000 block of Island Crest Way in Mercer Island, Washington. The car crash left the living room of the house in a mess right before the Holidays, but luckily nobody was injured in the accident.
The following day, December 23rd a hit and run accident let three pedestrians with minor injuries when they were struck by a driver in Tukwila. Shortly after 5:30 a driver struck the pedestrians at Strander Boulevard and Andover Park West and fled the scene. The driver was later apprehended when he returned to the scene of the accident.
The final car crash sadly occurred on Christmas day. A 28-year-old female was found lying in the road with severe injuries in Auburn, December 25th. Police speculate the young woman was fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene without a trace. The woman was found at the 1200 block of Auburn Way South in Auburn- she died at the scene. If anyone has any information regarding the accident they are asked to contact police.