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Driver leaves trail of damage behind in West Seattle after double hit & run

Victims of a double hit and run in West Seattle want to know who caused extensive damage to a parked SUV and a front yard about a half-mile down the road. (Photo: KOMO News)

WEST SEATTLE, Wash. -- Victims of a double hit and run in West Seattle want to know who caused extensive damage to a parked SUV and a front yard about a half-mile down the road.

"We heard a loud noise outside," said Jennifer Stafford.

Stafford always knew she’d eventually join the club, she said.

Thursday was the day it finally happened.

"It wasn’t even clear that it was a crash," she said. "We just heard something."

She and her husband came outside just after 1 a.m. Thursday to find their front yard in shambles. It appears a driver hit some rocks and a speed limit sign across the street, plowed through their front fence and bushes, then just kept on going, she said.

"We were surprised, but I wasn’t that surprised because both of our neighbors on either side of us have been hit," Stafford said. "So I knew it was going to happen someday."

"It’s sort of usual," added neighbor CJ Harris. "I mean this is a tricky corner. People come by here pretty quickly."

What made Wednesday's crash so unusual is a neighbor about a half-mile up the road told Stafford they started chasing after the driver when the person hit the back of a parked SUV at 16th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Dawson Street, Stafford said.

Whoever the driver was likely didn’t realize he or she left a front bumper behind out in the street.

"We fared well, at least," Stafford said. "Nobody was out here. It was the middle of the night."

That’s what she is trying to focus on as she begins the search for a new handyman to repair the damage at her home.

Her fence was custom built when her family moved into the neighborhood last year to keep her dog and baby out of the street, Stafford said. But their handyman died unexpectedly last spring.

"So, we don’t even know who to call at the moment. We have to figure that out now," she said.

It appears the driver responsible for the two hit-and-run crashes Wednesday morning was behind the wheel of a dark gray GMC. Unfortunately, the license plate was no where to be found at either scene.

Seattle police are looking into what happened, a spokesman told KOMO News.

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