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Deputies say hit-and-run driver tried to fix damaged car with his fists

SHORELINE, Wash. — A driver who hit a car and then fled was found trying to conceal obvious damage to his hood by beating it down with his fists, the King County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

On Nov. 13 at 11:08 a.m., deputies were called to a crash in the 19200 block of Aurora Avenue North in Shoreline.

The victim told deputies she was stopped at a traffic light when she was rear-ended by a man driving a silver 2001 Lexus.

She said after a brief conversation with the driver about exchanging information, the man took off.

While deputies were speaking with the victim, 911 dispatchers received a call about a suspicious man who was beating on the hood of his car.

Deputies went to the location and found the driver of a Lexus trying to fix collision damage to his hood —which was bent upward —with his fists.

When deputies asked him if he had just been involved in a crash, the man said no.

“Based on the condition of his Lexus, deputies had a hard time believing that,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

Deputies said the hit-and-run victim was brought to the man’s location, where she confirmed that the man who was trying to fix his hood was the driver who fled after hitting her car.

The man was arrested and taken to the South Correctional Entity Jail for investigation of hit-and-run.