Police have better description of car that hit woman in Sumner

by: Natasha Chen Updated:


SUMNER, Wash. - A woman in her early 20s is in critical condition after being hit by a car while crossing East Valley Highway in Sumner late Saturday night. The driver did not stop.

Sumner police said that the incident happened just before 11 p.m. They are urging anyone with information to call 253-299-5678.

Witnesses said that the woman was crossing the street to go to the Log Cabin Pub and Eatery when an SUV going northbound hit her.

Matt Newmiller, who was at the bar at the time, rushed outside right after it happened.

"Her friends were over here, hysterical. My security guard friend, he was doing the mouth to mouth, and he was telling her, like, 'Hey, this is your friend. Pay attention, she needs you right now.' Because she was doing the chest compressions," Newmiller said.

He said that many customers came outside as police arrived and blocked off the street.

The Log Cabin Pub and Eatery provided their surveillance video to police.

Police said review of the video indicates the vehicle is a dark small sedan or sports car, not an SUV as was previously speculated.  The vehicle will have front-end damage and possible damage to the windshield. 

Newmiller said, "Her body looked all limp, just lifeless. And her friends were just screaming. I was just thinking, 'What a cold world.' It keeps on ticking; people are inside partying."

Newmiller and other bar customers told KIRO 7 they hope the driver is caught and held accountable. Police are asking anyone with any information about the hit-and-run to leave a message for detectives at 253-299-5678 (253-299-TIPS).