Disabled mom injured in hit-and-run crash in SoDo pleads for justice

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SEATTLE – A disabled Lakewood mother is recovering after a driver hit her — and then drove over her again before speeding away.

Moreover, the hit-and-run happened in a parking lot, not on some busy street

Seattle police said the incident occurred in a parking lot on South Horton Street on April 20th. The driver first hit and then ran over Lashone Hardy, who was walking with a cane at the time. Witnesses told investigators the driver ran over Lashone on purpose.

“He can’t have a heart (to) do something like that,” said Lashone.

Lashone and her husband, Darren, were still in shock about what the stranger did to her.

“I cry at night, I can’t sleep, I ask God why this happened to me,” she said.

The Hardys were in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood to hear their son compete in a rap contest, but the trouble began when their night was winding down.

Lashone said she was walking through a parking lot after the show and that’s when a passenger in a parked car got out to ask her to move out of the way – she told him she’d move as fast as she could – but as soon as the passenger got back into the car, the driver hit the gas.

“He knocked me completely over,” she said.

The driver missed her husband but Lashone wasn’t out of danger yet.

“Next thing I know he ran back over my leg again to get off of it and peeled right off.”

The crash left Lashone with fractures in her leg and foot, but she’s been struggling with a host of other health issues and prior injuries.

“Fifteen months ago I fell off a balcony,” she said. “Four stories.”

Police were able to track down the owner of a 2008 Chrysler Sebring that they believe was involved in the hit-and-run, but officials said she has not helped them identify the man who was driving the car the night of the crash.

“What we want is anybody who attended that concert that night, in the area, maybe they saw the vehicle, maybe they heard the vehicle, maybe they heard the shouting, maybe they even observed the assault take place. Anything is critical in this case because we really need your help,” said retired Seattle police Detective Myrle Carner with Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound.

Lashone had one surgery and will likely need more. Her family wants your help to break the case.

“Bring him to justice so we can have peace, serenity,” said Darren.

“I’m somebody’s mom, I have a 6-year-old,” said Lashone.

Crime Stoppers is offering cash reward of up to $1,000 reward for information in the case. Detectives are asking for any video or photos people may have taken that night at the concert. You can upload it anonymously by using the P3 Tips App on your phone or call 1-800-222-TIPS to provide information on the driver.

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