Driver slams into pedestrian in Shoreline, flees scene


SHORELINE, Wash. - Shoreline police are looking for the driver of a van who plowed into a man on Aurora Avenue, stopped briefly, and then took off.


Shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, a man was crossing busy Aurora Avenue North at 145th Street when he was struck by a van.


Police said the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk and it was possible, and even understandable, that the driver did not see the man -- but after hitting a person, a driver would definitely know they hit something.


“When you hit something -- a body -- it's a pretty severe impact. Depending on the speed he's going, and when you pull over, and you stop, you know you hit something,” said Shoreline Police Sgt. Katie Larson.


Witnesses said after the crash, the van pulled over and stopped. But the driver apparently reconsidered, and took off.


The victim, a man in his 50s, suffered life-threatening injuries and was in critical condition Tuesday night.


Glass littered the scene and Aurora Avenue North was closed while police investigated.


Police are looking for a white cargo van with a roof rack, no windows on one side and a broken headlight.



    Witnesses say two Latino men were inside.  One had a goatee.