State Patrol says parts of car may solve deadly Auburn hit-and-run
AUBURN, Wash. -- The state patrol said key pieces of evidence should help them solve a deadly hit-and-run case. A Tacoma man was killed Easter 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 Stanley 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."
The force of the crash knocked the front bumper and the driver's side mirror off. They were left at the scene as important clues to finding whoever did this. The State Patrol says the irony in all of this is that the suspect car could actually be one of their old cruisers.
The bumper, mirror and eyewitness tell them the suspect vehicle is a white 2006 Ford Crown Victoria, which is the exact model driven for years by state troopers. The State Patrol says it could have been purchased at auction and should be easy to spot.
"When people see white Crown Victorias whether they're marked or unmarked most people's first thought, 'Oh there's a police car.' It's noticeable," said Martin.
The question is why was the victim out walking on the off-ramp early in the morning? Turns out he'd run out of gas. And in an effort to find gas he was on foot on this busy stretch of roadway. Now he's gone and a suspect is on the loose.
A license plate was attached to that bumper, but so far that hasn't helped State Patrol detectives find whoever did this. They're hoping someone will provide the tip they need to break the case.