The driver of the Focus was attempting to call 911 to report the accident when she noticed the man beginning to drive away. Port Townsend police officer Luke Bogues was responding to the accident when he noticed the elderly man’s GMC SUV driving away from the scene. Bogues turned around and attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the man continued to drive at approximately 12 mph.
Bogues eventually cut the man off and forced him to stop along the highway. The man refused to exit the vehicle and officers were forced to physically remove him, and he was taken to Jefferson Healthcare shortly after to be treated for his injuries. Port Townsend police say he is being investigated on charges of DUI and hit-and-run.
Hit-and-Run Accident Statistics
- Hit-and-run accidents account for one out of every five pedestrians that are killed in the United States.
- 18 percent of all hit-and-run fatalities are pedestrians who were struck by a vehicle.