Seven Year Old Pedestrian in Hit and Run

This week, the neighborhood had to once-again unfortunately come together to express outrage, sadness, support, and hopes for change when a seven year old girl was hit in a horrific hit and run on Tuesday at MLK and Genesee. Original reports indicated that the girl was struck by two separate vehicles which drove off, but later was updated to only one. As KOMO reported:

Police are searching for a driver who hit and seriously injured a 7-year-old girl in South Seattle Tuesday evening.

The girl was crossing the street near Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South Genesee Street just after 6:30 p.m. when she was hit by a red or maroon Chevy Tahoe SUV, according to police. The vehicle sped away without stopping to help the girl.

Police originally thought the girl was struck by a second car as she lay injured in the road, but investigators have since determined the girl was only struck by one car.

“They hit her like a dog. Just ran over her, not stopping, no nothing,” said one man who witnessed the incident.

The child was originally reported to be in critical condition, and has now been updated to serious condition and remains in the ICU.

Click for KOMO's Coverage

Click for KOMO’s Coverage

Yesterday, the police were able to identify the red Chevy Tahoe that was involved.

This tragedy comes just weeks after an SUV drove through two businesses in the heart of Columbia City and a very concerted neighborhood effort to raise awareness to make MLK and Rainier safer.

All major local news outlets also reported on the scene (click for King 5’s coverage).

Fox13s original coverage can be viewed here.

The Seattle Bike Blog also has this extended piece.

Organizers on The Columbia City Facebook page have put together ways to make donations and show support.

Detectives are asking you call Traffic Collision investigators at (206) 684-8923 with any information you might have about this hit-and-run.

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