Disturbance & vehicle/pedestrian collision with injuries

On October 6th at approximately 1:00 a.m. officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 14000 block of 15th Avenue NE.  Officers arrived on scene and discovered a female victim in her 20’s trapped underneath a car.  SFD was called to the scene and subsequently extricated the victim.  SFD medics transported her to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Preliminary investigation indicates that the female victim was in the parking lot with her boyfriend, a male in his 20’s.  The victim was extremely upset about something and was screaming (this does not appear to be a domestic violence situation — the victim’s issues were not with her boyfriend and they were not fighting with each other). 

For reasons unknown, the victim laid down on the pavement of the parking lot.  Around that time a man in his mid-50’s was driving through the parking lot in his 1991 Buick 4-door sedan (the motorist appears to be unknown and unconnected to the boyfriend and victim). 

The parking lot was dark and it was raining outside.  The boyfriend saw the approaching car and feared a potential collision with the victim.  The boyfriend tried to alert the motorist that there was a woman lying in the roadway.  The motorist appears to have been startled by the approach of an unknown male in the dark and accelerated, striking the victim and dragging her several feet.  As stated above, the victim was transported to HMC by SFD medics. 

Officers have secured the scene and interviewed the involved parties.  Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) detectives are responding to the scene to investigate further. 

In general, TCIS detectives do not issue citations at the scenes of serious collisions.  These type of events require extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.  Involved parties are often interviewed and released pending further investigation.