State Patrol seeks witnesses after I-5 hit-and-run

The Washington State Patrol Criminal Investigation Division is looking for additional witnesses as it investigates a two-vehicle felony hit-and-run collision that occurred Friday, July 11, just before 5 p.m. on northbound Interstate 5 near the College Street and Martin Way exits in Lacey.

The two vehicles involved were traveling in the far left lane. A red or maroon early 2000s Mercury Marquis or Lincoln Town Car-style vehicle allegedly slammed on its brakes and came to a stop in the left lane for no apparent reason. A Nissan Maxima attempted to brake and steer left, but was unable to and struck the first vehicle on the rear of the driver’s side. Both vehicles pulled onto the left shoulder of Interstate 5.

The driver of the car that broke to a stop allegedly exited his vehicle, looked at the damage and then fled the scene. The man was described as tall, thin and white with gray hair, a beard and mustache, and appeared to be in his late 50s or early 60s. When he fled the scene, he allegedly crossed all lanes of traffic and appeared to have taken the Martin Way exit off of Interstate 5. The passenger in the Nissan Maxima sustained a fractured wrist and finger in the crash.

Detectives are seeking additional witnesses, specifically to fill in the chain of events leading up to the actual collision, in addition to the crash itself. If you saw anything, or know somebody who did, call State Patrol Detective Sergeant Jeff Maijala at (360) 538-3178 or Detective Shannon Beeler at (253) 538-3172.


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