• Suspect sought in fatal Tacoma hit and run

    By: Jessica Oh

    Updated:

    TACOMA, Wash. - A Tacoma woman was killed and another injured after a driver ran a red light and struck their car Tuesday night, according to the Tacoma Police Department.

     

    Detectives are still looking for the driver who got out of his vehicle and ran from the scene. The crash occurred at the intersection of East 56th Street and McKinley Avenue.

     

    The victim, Monica Santos, was driving north on McKinley Avenue. She was six blocks away from home when the wrong-way driver hit her car. Her 53-year-old passenger was taken to a nearby hospital.

     

    Neighbors say they heard a loud "boom" at the intersection around 9 p.m. Shortly after, Kerri Powers saw a man in his 20s wearing a white shirt and dark pants run down 56th Street.

     

    "I actually saw the guy running past and I didn't open the door. I'm glad I didn't," she said.

     

    Vince De La Cruz is Santos' friend and roommate. He told KIRO 7 Santos celebrated her 67th birthday a couple weeks ago.

     

    "She was a very jolly person. I cannot believe I was with her last night before she left," he said.

     

    Police blocked off roads and searched with K9s for the suspect. Witnesses say it appeared the suspect was a white man in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 160 pounds.

     

    De La Cruz hopes the driver turns himself in.

     

    "He knew for sure that it was his fault so he ran away," he said. "I can't believe it. I hope they catch this guy right away."

     

    Detectives say the suspect was driving a 2002 Dodge Stratus. It's possible the car was stolen. Anyone with information is asked to call Tacoma police.

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