Alleged hit-and-run accident probably something else, MLT police say

By Doug Petrowski

When Fire District 1 emergency personnel found an injured pedestrian on 56th Avenue West in Mountlake Terrace on Aug. 13, they thought they were responding to a hit-and-run accident. But after further investigation, Mountlake Terrace police say it was probably something else.

At 10:10 p.m., a 911 operator was told a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the 23100 block of 56th Avenue West. Firefighters responded to the scene, stabilized the injured victim and transported the person to Swedish/Edmonds hospital. Fire District 1 reported the incident as a hit-and-run.

Mountlake Terrace Police had doubts to the assessment of the accident from the beginning of the investigation. The police report claims the “victim” was very intoxicated, refused to answer any questions about the incident and couldn’t provide a description of a suspect vehicle. In addition, the alleged victim “had no injuries that would be consistent with being hit by a vehicle,” reported Mountlake Terrace Police Commander Doug Hansen.

Police also noted that there were no witnesses or evidence of an accident at the scene.

“At this point we don’t have enough to know what actually, if anything, happened,” Hansen added. “Due to the victim’s lack of cooperation, the case has been closed.”

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