Police asking public to look out for van involved in deadly hit-and-run of 80-year-old
SEATTLE - Police are looking for the driver of a van that ran down an 80-year-old woman in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.
According to Seattle Police, a driver hit Bari Hill, who was walking near E Madison St and E Denny Way, and then sped off.
Hill was walking from her assisted living home to her daughter's home for a family gathering. She was about a five-minute walk from her daughter's home when she was hit, family said.
"My wife suspected something was wrong, something’s off, because she generally likes coming over to our place and hanging out," said Ajay Jindal, Hill's son-in-law. "So when the phone call came in from her brother-- yeah, that was a shock."
"Who hits an old woman and then just takes off?" he said.
Jindal describes Hill as a happy woman who laughed a lot, danced and loved telling stories.
"So right now, there’s the grieving of her death, but there’s also this anger of ‘okay, who did this and how do we catch them?'" Jindal said. "Be a decent human being and turn yourself in."
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Witnesses described the van as black or dark green in color with "bars" (or louvres) on the back windows. The van may have heavily tinted windows with a missing, modified, or aftermarket front bumper. Also, there may be damage to the grille from the collision, according to SPD.
The van was last seen fleeing the scene westbound in the 1700 block of East Madison Street.
Residents said they’ve seen the van before in several areas around the neighborhood: in the 2100 block of East Denny Way, the 2200 block of East Madison Street and near Miller Playfield (21st Avenue East / East Thomas St).
If you have any information about this van, contact Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives at 206-684-8923.
Photo from SPD