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After car torched, State Patrol presses on to find hit-and-run driver

A car that was found ablaze in Seattle early Wednesday morning is likely the vehicle sought in a deadly hit-and-run in Auburn, (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE -- The State Patrol says torching a car suspected in a fatal hit-and-run crash Wednesday won't deter investigators from their efforts to find whomever killed Stanley Christopher Easter morning.

His friends say there needs to be justice.

It's the kind of fire that jolts you. Home video captured the blaze just after midnight in the Seward Park neighborhood of Seattle.

"I heard weird noises outside and I didn't think anything of it," said neighbor Meridee Albrecht. "It was like sloshing, and banging, and thumping, and weird voices."

The State Patrol says it's the car investigators have been been looking for in the deadly hit-and-run crash Easter morning that took the life of Christopher, of Tacoma. It was a Ford Crown Victoria, possibly an old state trooper cruiser bought at auction.

Now investigators must find the driver who troopers believe may be involved in trying to cover up the evidence by setting the car on fire.

"We need people's help," said Trooper Rick Johnson. "We need to find who was driving this vehicle because now do we not only have a vehicular homicide, we have arson and destruction of evidence."

Christopher was hit as he walked north on the shoulder of the exit ramp from southbound State Route 167 to westbound State Route 18 in Auburn.

It was 5:30 in the morning, he'd run out of gas, and he and his passenger were walking to get fuel. Christopher was hit. His friend escaped injury.

The bumper of the white Crown Victoria was left behind. Detectives say so far the license plate hasn't led them to the suspect.

"Obviously it brings us closer, but we still really need help in identifying who was behind the wheel that fateful morning," Johnson said.

Friends and co-workers describe Christopher as hard working.

“It's got a lot of guys in the warehouse down about it,” said Antonio Bob, who worked with Christopher but considered him his friend.

Bob said Christopher was doing all he could to gain custody of his children.

“He was a good dad to his kids. He would do anything for his kids,” he said. “He was a good worker. He'd come in every day, even his days off, to try to make money and support his kids."

Christopher was a day laborer for Tacoma LaborWorks which issued this statement.

"Stanley was a great employee and a positive presence among his co-workers. Our staff and customers have nothing but positive things to say about him."

He was reportedly the divorced father of three daughters.

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