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Seattle hit-and-run case

Abde Elshafei, 30, of Seattle wants to find the driver of a vehicle that smashed into him a month ago while he was riding his bike home from the store. Elshafei was in the hospital for a week and is still confined to a wheel chair.

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Local News
05/19/13

Seattle hit & run victim dragged, killed

SEATTLE — Police are looking for a driver who took off after hitting and dragging a man on South Dearborn Street. The victim died.

Dearborn Hit&RunOn South Dearborn Street near the corner of 13th Avenue South, an X on the street and some scraps of crime scene tape are the only indicators that someone died on the street early Sunday morning.

“I live around the corner. That’s incredible, grizzly, awful,” neighbor Jerry Pellowski said.

“You see a lot of violence and stuff happening over here but I haven’t really seen anything like that happen,” pedestrian Marisol Bobadilla said.

Police don’t have a lot of information but they say it happened just after 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

The 34-year-old man was hit by a car, dragged a short distance and died on Dearborn almost directly beneath the 12th Street Bridge.

“Where was he? Was he on the sidewalk or was he in the street? The concept of somebody getting hit by a car down here is kind of frightening because I walk this street pretty regularly,” pedestrian Dylan Green said.

Dearborn is a heavily used east/west thoroughfare.

There is an I-5 on-ramp and a lot of foot traffic between the Stadium District and the Central District.

Plus there are several homeless camps in the area and some believe the victim may have been a vagrant.

“I don’t imagine the guy was in his right mind if he was out in the middle of the street.  You can see cars coming either way,” pedestrian Jordan Reed said.

Police believe the driver just kept going.

So far there are no witnesses and no vehicle description.

“That’s terrible.  I mean, shoot, I don’t even know what to expect.  It’s terrible that people would do that,” Reed said.

“I see a lot of skid marks and probably dangerous situations that I missed out on so I definitely pay attention when I walk and I don’t come out here after nine o’clock if that makes sense mainly because it’s darker,” Pellowski said.

Police are asking for the public’s help.

If you saw the man get hit on Dearborn just after 4:30 Sunday morning or you know what happened you’re asked to call 911.

Seattle Hit Run FatalSEATTLE – Seattle police are investigating an apparent hit and run fatality accident in South Seattle Sunday morning.  A police press release said that a 9-1-1  call around 5 a.m. reported that a man’s body was lying in the the street near 12th Avenue South and South Dearborn Street.

Seattle Fire paramedics determined that the pedestrian was dead at the scene, police said.  Investigators believe that the man’s body had been dragged some distance after being struck by a vehicle.  Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives are handling the investigation.  The King County Medical Examiner will determine the identity of the body and the cause and manner of the death.

Local News
04/26/13

Seattle bicyclist left for dead wants justice

The victim of a hit and run accident and his family wants justice for the pain and suffering they have felt.

hit and runAbde Elshafei, was going through the intersection at 13th and Stevens on his bike when he saw a flash of light and the next thing he remembers is laying in a hospital bed at Harborview. He hopes someone might remember more about the night he was hit on March 25th.

“This was really surreal, Adbe Elshafei said.  “Of course, I didn’t want to accept the fact that this happened to me. And, i was confused. I was scared. I was really scared.”

One month ago, Abde Elshafei was riding a bike when a car smashed into him from the side. The car sped off and left him bleeding in the street.

The collision crushed Elshafei’s pelvis, separated his shoulder, and despite wearing a helmet, left him with a concussion.

His mom, Patti Elshafei said, “It was awful. I was in tears a lot. You say be strong for your son but it wasn’t like that. Every time everything hurt him I had to leave the room.”

While her son has been in recovery, Patti has been pounding the pavement posting flyers about the incident all over the neighborhood. Police don’t have any leads and the Elshafei’s still feel a mixture of emotions about the accident.

“Anger at the person who hit him and just left him unconscious on the side of the road,” Patti Elshafei said. “He could have been dead. He was bleeding but he could have bled to death.”

Abde Elshafei said, “This person, whoever it is who hit me, they’re going to get what’s coming to him in one way or another. I can’t dwell on the fact that someone hit me and left me in the street. It’s just depressing.”

Local News
04/26/13

Victim of hit and run wants justice

hit and runAbde Elshafei, 30, wants to find the person that smashed into him a month ago while he was riding his bike home from the store. Elshafei was in the hospital for a week and is still confined to a wheel chair. He says he was hit at the intersection of 13th Ave S and S Stevens on March 25th.

He and his mom both want to find the person responsible. They want justice and make the streets safer for other pedestrians and bicyclists.

Tune in to Q13Fox at 10 pm for his story and keep checking Q13Fox.com for updates on his story.

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