Jogger seriously hurt in West Seattle hit-and-run


by KING 5 News

Posted on June 8, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 9 at 5:12 PM

Police continue to investigate a hit and run collision in West Seattle Saturday morning that sent a woman jogger to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.  

Police are searching for the driver.

Police say at about 7:04 a.m. a passerby called 911 to report a female down (apparently unconscious) on the side of the road in the 2300 block of Fairmount Avenue SW.

There were no vehicles or people at the scene.

“It worries me, I see a lot of people with baby strollers and their pets on this street,” said Ramona Brandes, who lives just down the street. “It seems like a country road and cars like to run this road fast because it’s a big hill, it’s very wooded.”

Brandes and other neighbors say it’s a very popular road for joggers, especially in the morning and evening. There’s no shortage of signs and speedbumps in the area to try and get drivers to slow down.

Investigators believe that the woman was running when she was apparently struck by a vehicle. The operator of the vehicle failed to stop and render aid, call police or provide information and left the scene in an unknown direction.

Medics treated the 53-year-old woman at the scene and transported her to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.