by: Monique Ming Laven Updated:
EVERETT, Wash. - It's not much, but it may be enough to identify the driver who plowed into a developmentally-disabled man—and then took off.
Everett police got the photo from a home surveillance camera near the crash scene on Pecks Drive.
On May 2, at about 10:30 p.m., 55-year-old Loren Hawke was crossing the street. Then, there was a big boom. It brought Nancy Minnick out of bed and to her front fence. Just a few feet in front of her, Loren was crumpled on the ground, yelling for help. She saw two cars pulled over nearby.
The occupants looked over the scene then took off. One of those cars was a newer, four-door SUV with shiny rims that had driven in front of the neighbor's surveillance camera just moments before. It may have some front damage and an inoperable center-brake light.
The image is grainy, but Terri Hawke hopes it does the trick.
She's Loren's older sister. She tells KIRO 7 that her brother is a fun, kind man whose developmental disabilities have him functioning at about the level of a 10-year old. He does not understand how or why someone would hurt him and then take off.
"We're pretty close," she said. "And he looks up to his big sister a lot and I promised him I would find them."
Right now Loren is in a lot of pain. His head and one arm are about the only things that are not broken.
"So they shattered—many of his bones shattered," Terri said. "They didn't just break."
The list of broken bones is long: both feet, an arm, knee, pelvis, shoulder, spine, tailbone.
Terri said her brother has a long road ahead, and she believes someone coming forward with information would help the healing, "Because it's the right thing to do, and my brother has a lot of healing to do. And so does the family. And so does the person that did this. That's why."
If you know anything about the case of the SUV in the surveillance photo, call Everett police.