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Pedestrian struck, killed in hit-and-run crash near SeaTac

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SEATAC, Wash. - A man was struck by a truck and killed in a hit-and-run crash overnight near SeaTac, and now the Washington State Patrol is looking for witnesses or anyone who may have information about the crash or the driver who fled.

Troopers and medics responded to the scene, the on-ramp to eastbound Highway 518 from Des Moines Memorial Drive South, at about 1:50 a.m. Friday after receiving reports of a hit-and-run crash, said Trooper Rick Johnson of the State Patrol.

The victim, a 44-year-old man, was found at the scene with severe injuries. He was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died a short time later.

A preliminary investigation found that the victim was a passenger in a black 1996 Chevrolet Blazer SUV that had pulled over after running out of gas. The passenger had stepped out of the SUV and was standing there when a truck drifted onto the left shoulder and hit the passenger and the side of the SUV. The truck then fled the scene, heading east on Highway 518.

The male driver of the SUV survived.

Troopers described the suspected hit-and-run vehicle as a work or utility truck with heavy damage to its left side. The SUV driver said the truck had several toolboxes and a winch. A bag of rugby balls was thrown from the truck and landed on the roadside during the crash.

Police searched the area after the crash but did not find the truck.

Anyone with information about the crash or on the whereabouts of the utility truck driver is urged to contact State Patrol Detective Brody Ford at 425-401-7742 or by email at brody.ford@wsp.wa.gov.


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