Police: Driver runs over skateboarder hurling racial slurs
SEATTLE -- In a bizarre confrontation Sunday evening in Ballard, a driver ran over a skateboarder after the skateboarder yelled racial slurs at him and bashed in his minivan's hood and windshield, according to the Seattle Police Department.
According to police, the driver was stopped on 15th Avenue Northeast at Northwest 80th Street around 5 p.m. when the skateboarder blocked his path.
The skateboarder reportedly yelled racial slurs at the driver and used his skateboard to smash the minivan's hood and windshield.
According to police, the driver then ran over the skateboarder, trapping him under the minivan.
Janet Palmer was nearby and saw the aftermath of the confrontation.
"I ran out because I heard the bang. I ran out and looked at the corner and saw the SUV and saw the guy under car and said, 'Oh my gosh, somebody is under a car,'" she said.
Palmer, who works as a Metro bus driver, said another Metro driver was waiting at a traffic light and saw the whole thing unfold.
"He said there was an altercation between the skateboarder and the car, and the skateboarder took the skateboard and smashed the car window. And in retaliation, the guy jerked his car forward and ran over him," Palmer said.
A number of citizens were able to lift the minivan and free the skateboarder, who was taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.
The driver was released pending further investigation. He told a camera mounted in the van captured the whole thing. Police have confiscated the video.