Hit & run victim released from hospital
By Meg Olson
The state patrol is still investigating a hit and run accident on Birch Bay Drive that sent a 4-year-old boy to the hospital and they want to talk to the driver.
On Saturday, September 17 just before 6 p.m. a gold 1991 Mazda 626 was gong south on Birch Bay Drive when the car struck the Birch Bay boy as he tried to cross the road. Local firefighters responded and the child was taken to St. Joseph Hospital with a broken hip and facial lacerations, according to state patrol public information officer Robert Wilson, but the driver of the Mazda fled the scene and may now face charges, including negligent driving. It is not known if alcohol was involved.
“The individual initially remained at the scene, talked to parents, talked to firefighters, and then just left,” Wilson said. “We’d really like to talk with him. It was a weird situation.” Wilson added the state patrol had information that the driver’s girlfriend may have driven him from the scene.
Wilson said while they know the Mazda, license number 026 MFN, is registered to a Seattle area male, they cannot locate him, or the vehicle. “We think it may still be in the area,” he said, and is asking anyone with information to call 360/676-2076.
The young boy was subsequently released from hospital.