5k run in West Seattle supports jogger injured in hit and run

SEATTLE -- About 100 people turned out on the Alki waterfront for 5-kilometer run to support the West Seattle jogger who was seriously injured in a hit and run accident last Saturday.

The 54-year-old woman was found unconscious on the side of the road in the 2300 block of Fairmount Avenue S.W. by passersby who called 911 at 7:04 a.m.

The victim was in satisfactory condition earlier in this week at Harborview.

Seattle Police said she was jogging when she was struck by the vehicle and the driver did not help and fled the scene. Detectives still don't know who hit the woman and exactly what happened.

Julie Ambrose, one of the women who found the injured jogger last Saturday and called 911, helped coordinate Saturday's run.

"We need to be safe to kind of take some power over that to do everything we can to create awareness that runners should be safe in our community," Ambrose said.

Neighbors like Ambrose and others are concerned about traffic and safety issues in the area, especially early and late in the day, even though its a less densely populated part of the city.

Six months ago, there was a two-vehicle crash with five people involved after midnight, including a teens and a driver of a truck who had a suspended license, neighbor Randy Bartholomew said.

"I just wish people would slow down especially in residential areas. Don't always assume you have the right of way and at least check to makes sure somebody is not coming. Fairmount and 39th is a school area and people routinely come through that area way too fast."