Man killed in Tacoma hit-and-run


by By KING Staff

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 2:24 PM

TACOMA, Wash. - Police are searching for the driver that hit and killed a pedestrian on Pacific Ave. between 72nd Street and 64th Street early Sunday morning.

Video: Pedestrian killed in Tacoma hit-and-run

Natalie Robinson was inside Morgan's Motel when a strange sound just after 1 a.m. prompted her to run outside.

"I looked over and there's a shoe in the street," she said.

A car had hit 53-year-old Ronald A. McKellar of Tacoma.

"I tried to get the license plate. I wished I could have got it," said Robinson.

The driver of the car slowed down after hitting a trash can and running up on the curb, but sped up again and took off.

Police say the suspect dragged McKellar seven or eight blocks.

Monday update

Detectives would like to talk with the occupants of two vehicles seen in the area the accidents. They believe the occupants may have witnessed the accident and are not believed to have been involved.

The first vehicle, a gray Jeep Cherokee, stopped in the area just after the accident but left before officers could make contact. The second vehicle is a full-size red pickup truck. It was seen driving around the area just after the accident was reported. The occupants of these vehicles are asked to contact the lead detective at 253-591-5922.