Video shows Lynnwood hit-and-run collision



LYNNWOOD, Washington - Video obtained by KIRO 7 on Tuesday showed a driver in Lynnwood hitting a man last week and leaving him in the road to die in front of his family.

Young Koo Kim, 62, was crossing State Route 99 with his wife and his adult son and was just a few feet ahead of them when he was hit and thrown several feet. The driver apparently circled back, and then took off.

Kim was killed.

A surveillance camera across the street at the Net Auto Café captured the crash. The owner showed KIRO 7 the video he gave to police last week.

Parris Dougas said the damaged SUV from the crash sat under a tarp at his friends’ Lynnwood home.

“The windshield was bashed up, the bumper was bent,” Dugas said.

Police said a woman who stopped by saw blood on the frame and called them this weekend.

Officers arrested the owner of the car, 29-year-old Michael Thao, on Tuesday. His bandaged finger was apparently cut by the broken windshield.

According to court papers, Thao told one friend his car was damaged during a fight in Pioneer Square. He told another friend he was attacked in Belltown, and he told someone else he ran over a man who was following him.

“The state does have concerns about the public’s safety,” Snohomish County Prosecutor Dave Hiltner said in court this week.

Thao’s record revealed previous charges for DUI, drugs and driving with a suspended license. Prosecutors said they’re not taking his past lightly.

“The state’s requesting bail given the seriousness of the offense,” Hiltner said.

The judge gave Hitner what he wanted and set Thao’s bail at $250,000.

Prosecutors have two days to file formal charges.