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Two sisters who were in SUV allege ‘pedestrian rage’ near Northgate mall

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SEATTLE — Michelle and Jennifer Ramirez call it a pedestrian hit-and-run.

It happened early Wednesday morning at the corner of Northgate Way and 1st Avenue Northeast.

“We saw a pedestrian. They weren’t at the crosswalk yet, so we decided, we made eye contact with the woman and she slowed down, we were going to go. After we crossed, we were already over the crosswalk, all of a sudden we hear a loud thud and a loud bang,” Michelle Ramirez said.

They pulled over to check their SUV for damage and they found a $1,300 dent on the right rear fender.

“It was crazy because I didn’t expect somebody to hit my car after we passed over the crosswalk,” Michelle said.

They went back to the man and woman to get insurance information and they say the situation got worse.

"The guy ran toward our car and started banging, hitting our windshield super hard and I thought it would break. I felt so much fear inside my own vehicle,” Michelle said.

"The lady had to go to her husband or friend, I don't know how they were related, had to pull him back and it took her a few times but that's how angry he was. The fact that he attacked us in our own vehicle, started pounding on our windshield and the window, we were scared. That's when we called the cops,” Jennifer said.

While they waited for police, the couple walked away and got on a bus at the nearby transit center.

The Ramirez sisters hope someone will recognize the couple and call police so they won't have to pay for the damage to their vehicle.

"I've never feared being in the car and someone else attacking us,” Michelle said.

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  • jeff

    these two idiots, they were in the cross walk while the other couple was trying to cross, they deserve to have their car bashed in the side.

  • Jeff Sucks

    Where did they say they were in the crosswalk Jeff? Sounds to me like you’re just as bad as the rager who hit their car in the first place. I’d rather save my fist and shout at anyone like that rather than risk getting arrested for assault.

  • Just a thought

    Though it may not have said they were in the crosswalk, i have to side with Jeff simply due to the fact that had they not been at the crosswalk already they would not have been able to hit the car as it drove through, arms are only so long after all

    • Tamara F Bacon

      Sounds to me like you’re assuming the peds were on the driver’s left. They may have been on the right, in which case they would have plenty of time to rotate as the car turned and pound it as it passed. They never had to reach the crosswalk to do that.

  • Charles

    Just a thought-
    Or the pedestrians were still walking towards the crosswalk and by the time girls turned, they were at the crosswalk and should have waited for the car to pass. If the car was in their harms way, why is the dent in the back of their car and not the front of their car? Why would the girls risk to get the info and get attacked again? Why have the pedestrians not man up and shown their faces to tell their story? C’mon. That guy flat out assaulted these ladies — twice.

  • Dave

    You have to be extra careful walking in crosswalks these days. People get a false sense of security, it’s almost safer jaywalking. Most drivers don’t even look, I’m lucky to be alive.

  • JJ

    That man still had no right to damage their car in the first place and then pound their car over and over again. Yes, pedestrians have their rights but so do drivers. I constantly see pedestrians and cyclists act as though they’re entitled to do whatever they want on the road AND/OR sidewalks even with rules in place. Those girls have more balls than me to go back and try and get that psycho’s info. Kudos to them and I hope they find this mad man.