Updated on: 11/13/2019
Seattle police are asking for the public’s assistance after a 15-year-old boy suffered critical, life-threatening injuries Friday night from being struck by a hit-and-run driver in the South Seattle area.
Police spokeswoman Renee Witt says officials responded to Martin Luther King Jr. Way South near Walden Street in South Seattle at approximately 8 p.m. after receiving reports of a possible pedestrian accident involving a hit-and-run driver.
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Upon arriving at the scene of the accident, police and first-responders found a 15-year-old boy laying in the street with an obvious life-threatening brain injury. The boy was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to be treated, where he is listed in critical condition.
The 15-year-old boy were reportedly crossing the south side of Martin Luther King Jr. Way at the intersection of S. Walden Street when a vehicle traveling southbound allegedly struck the boy. The car has been described as a dark gray-colored Honda, which continued driving southbound after striking the boy.
Witt says that the vehicle would likely have some physical damage to the front end and that it may be missing a driver’s side mirror and headlight damage. Witt says that anyone with information about the crash should call 911 to report it, and added that anonymous tips are welcome.
The following is an excerpt from the Revised Code of Washington (R.C.W.) in regard to the duty that drivers have if an injury or death occurs after an accident:
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 fulfilled the requirements of subsection (3) of this section; every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.