A man struck by a car at 2nd and James early Christmas Eve was taken to the hospital with severe injuries. The 27-year-old driver did not stop, despite having a cracked windshield and damage to his car.
Witnesses noted the license plate number and told police, who located the suspect and vehicle at the registered address near 22nd and Main shortly later. The suspect, who may have been intoxicated at the time of the collision, was arrested.
Details from SPD:
Early this morning a bicyclist was struck by a Toyota Camry at 2nd Avenue and James Street, causing injuries to the bicyclist. Officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle and arrested the driver a short time later.
Shortly after 2:00 this morning, a bicyclist was riding his bike westbound on James Street approaching 2nd Avenue. At the same time, a Toyota was travelling southbound on 2nd Avenue. The bicycle and the car collided in the intersection and the Toyota did not stop. Witnesses were able to provide officers a description of the car and a license plate.
Officers responded to the registered owner’s address in the 2200 Block of South Main Street. There they located the vehicle, and three men just getting out of it. There was damage to the front of the car, and a smashed windshield. Officers were able to determine who was driving and observed that he may have been under the influence. A DUI officer responded to the location and evaluated the 27-year-old suspect. He was placed under arrest and later booked into the King County Jail.
The cyclist was treated at 2nd and James by the Seattle Fire Department and transported to Harborview Medical Center. It is believed that he sustained a severe laceration to his head, and possibly some broken bones. Because this was a hit and run collision with serious injuries, detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad were called out to the scene. They processed the scene and will have the responsibility for the continuing investigation.