Lakewood police are looking for the driver of an SUV that they say is responsible for hitting a pedestrian at South Tacoma Way and 34th Avenue South in Lakewood early Thursday morning and then leaving the accident scene.
The pedestrian was described as an adult male. He suffered serious injuries including a collapsed lung and foot fractures among other injuries and was taken to Tacoma General Hospital for treatment.
Witnesses said the driver of the SUV, described as possibly being a Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer, may have been driven by a Samoan woman with a man described as a “heavy set” Samoan male passenger.
Anyone with information or who can identify the dark-colored SUV is encouraged to call the the Lakewood police at (253) 830-5000 or the tip line at (253) 830-5064.
With the description of the vehicle and driver, it is likely that the police will locate the driver because the vehicle in question likely sustained damage.
Hit and Run is a Criminal Offense
A driver in an accident that causes injury or death is required by law to immediately stop their vehicle and seek help for the injured person. Providing assistance to the injured party is not necessarily considered liability for the accident.
Leaving the scene of an accident in Washington state is a serious criminal offense and can result in a class B or class C felony. If convicted, the driver faces fines and jail time.
In additional to criminal penalties, the injured party can file a claim against the driver in civil court seeking restitution for medical costs, damages for pain and suffering and punitive damages.
How a Personal Injury Can Help
If you have been injured in an pedestrian or car accident caused by a hit-and-run driver, you should seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to make a claim on your own uninsured or under-insured motorist coverage. When the police locate the other driver, which is of then the case, your attorney can then file a civil suit to seek compensation for you.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who have been killed.
Source: KOMO News: Pedestrian seriously hurt in Lakewood hit-and-run crash