SEATTLE - A case came to light in Seattle Monday involving a hit and run traffic accident from August and the father of the richest man in the world.
Bill Gates Sr. is the elderly face seen in all those Initiative 1098 ads. The 84-year-old is an attorney, community leader and father of Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft.
In August, along 3rd Avenue North near Mercer and the Seattle Center, 911 dispatchers received a call.
Caller: "Somebody has crashed into the back of our car. Their vehicle is still running. And there is nobody anywhere near it. "
Operator: "And what street are you on?"
Caller: "3rd and Mercer."
According to the police report, Gates Sr.'s Mercedes was found running and parked up against another Mercedes in a yellow no parking zone.
It is unknown where Gates Sr.'s car was prior to the collision.
A family spokesman issued the following statement:
"On the evening of August 16, Bill Gates Sr.'s car bumped the car parked immediately in front of it near the Seattle Center causing some damage to the car's rear bumper. Mr. Gates was unaware it had happened until he returned to his car later in the evening, and was issued a citation by Seattle Police."
No witness ever came forward in the case. In September, it was dismissed at the request of the city prosecutor.
According to the spokesman, Gates Sr. apologized and paid for the damage to the other car.
A person described in the police report as a friend of a companion of Gates Sr. called the incident a "senior moment."