A 70-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run collision in Seattle’s Bitter Lake neighborhood Wednesday night, and police later arrested a 21-year-old driver who exhibited signs of impairment, police said.
Around 8:15 p.m., the 70-year-old pedestrian was crossing Aurora Avenue North near the crosswalk at North 125th Street when he was struck by a northbound Toyota Corolla that then fled the scene, says an item posted on the Seattle Police Department’s online blotter.
Medics from the Seattle Fire Department attempted life-saving efforts but the pedestrian died at the scene, the blotter item says.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday identified the pedestrian as Richard Hamilton and determined he died from multiple blunt force injuries.
Police found the suspect’s unoccupied vehicle about eight blocks from the collision scene on Wednesday night and searched the area with a K-9 team and the help of Guardian One, the King County Sheriff’s helicopter, but failed to locate him, according to the blotter post.
The suspect was later arrested without incident in North Seattle and a warrant was obtained to draw his blood for testing because he showed signs of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, says the post. He was then booked into the King County Jail on investigation of vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run, according to police.