Car found torched in Seattle involved in deadly Auburn hit-and-run

The charred remains of the car suspected to have been used in a deadly hit-and-run in Auburn. (Photo: Paul Jimenez)

SEATTLE -- A car that was found ablaze in Seattle early Wednesday morning is likely the vehicle sought in a deadly hit-and-run in Auburn, according to the Washington State Patrol.

It was just after 12:30 a.m. when neighbors reported a car on fire and explosions near 56th Ave S. and S. Willow Street in Seattle.

"I heard weird noises outside, like slashing and banging and thumping and weird voices," said Meridee Albrecht. "I looked out and saw a silver car. They looked at me and then sped off... and then I saw the flames."

Investigators received a tip that the car may have been involved in the hit-and-run, and detectives were sent to the scene. Trooper Rick Johnson later confirmed the car was the vehicle they suspected was used in the crime.

"Why are they destroying evidence?" Johnson wondered. "I'm not sure what their point was in burning it. We obviously have the front bumper, maybe they were trying to burn it to where we couldn't match it up?"

No suspects are in custody.

Stanley Christopher was killed on Sunday as he walked along a busy freeway off-ramp at the interchange of southbound state Route 167 and westbound state Route 18 in Auburn.

Troopers said Christopher was walking from his disabled car on the shoulder of the off-ramp facing traffic when a car hit and killed him. The car took off.

"A witness reported seeing that vehicle as it was fleeing the scene," said Sgt. Tina Martin of the Washington State Patrol. "And it was last seen heading westbound on 18 getting onto northbound I-5 just after the accident happened and it had a cracked windshield and some extensive front damage."

Troopers say once they do find their suspect and if it's the person who burned the car, their list of potential charges just got longer.

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