Police no longer looking for man who may have information on Puyallup hit-and-run


PUYALLUP, Wash. - Puyallup police are no longer looking for a man who may have information about a hit-and-run that seriously injured a teenager.

The hit-and-run happened around 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the 700 block of West Stewart Avenue Northwest.

Police said a 16-year-old girl was leaving the Golden Rule Grocery and stepped into a crosswalk when a vehicle hit her. The driver fled the scene.

The teen was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma with serious injuries and is expected to be OK.

On Tuesday, police released pictures of a man who may have information about the incident.

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Deborah Horne spoke with Scot Engle of the Puyallup Police Department about the incident.

“Specifically, the individual came into the store and inquired if their video surveillance system was able to capture license plates on vehicles,” Engle said.

The man then asked a question that made the clerk suspicious.

“He also made a request to see their surveillance footage from Thursday night, which is the night of our hit-and-run traffic collision,” said Engle.

Ryan Lum saw the teen moments after the collision and feared the worst.

“It didn’t look good. No. I mean, she was face-down,” Lum said.

The man who showed up the next night at the Golden Rule said his cellphone cellphone was stolen in the parking lot Thursday night, but he never reported the theft to police.

“We definitely would like to talk to this person and see if he knows anything about the hit-and-run. We are investigating,” Engle said.

The man was not considered a suspect and no probable cause for arrest exists, police said.

As of Wednesday morning, police spoke with the man and are no longer looking for him.

An investigation continues in the hit-and-run.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Puyallup Police Department tip line at 253-770-3343.