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Why didn’t police respond to hit and run here?

December 1st, 2015 by Mike

Update Dec. 2nd: Jordan Royer over at Crosscut ponders policing under Seattle’s new council district system:

…there will be a new kind of scrutiny under the new district council system. Council members will be paying a lot of attention to staffing levels in the various precincts, making sure that their area is getting their fair share of patrols.

His piece is here: neighborhoods-could-yank-a-lot-of-chains-on-new-city-council/


Josh and Andrew emailed to say The Seattle Times just posted a column about the hit and run here over the weekend.

In it Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat notes:

City records show an officer did arrive at 3:18 Saturday morning — more than four hours after the first calls. By then the truck was gone and all the Maple Leaf neighbors had given up and gone to bed.

The next day, an officer phoned the Jeffries family. Jeffries said the officer blamed the big protest last week at Westlake Center for the delay.

From here, confusion ensues. The full column is here.

We had several comments on our original post.

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Car hit and run, burglary reported in Maple Leaf

November 28th, 2015 by Mike

From Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

Hit and runs (on multiple sideswiped cars) last night in the south end of Maple Leaf.

We had a hit and run driver sideswipe some cars on Fourth Avenue Northeast last night around 11:30 p.m. We got the truck’s license and called the cops, but they have not responded yet (say they’ve been very busy with many issues last night and this morning). At least three different neighbors have called them….

He left a two-block long scrape in Fourth Avenue where his axle gouged the road as he tried to flee the scene.

Earlier in the week, also from Nextdoor:

Burglary Tuesday morning in Maple Leaf.

Neighbors on Northeast 92nd Street between 5th and 8th avenues northeast were burglarized yesterday morning with numerous items stolen. The house was also ransacked. The perpetrators may have been in an older tan or cream colored van.

The map shows locations of burglaries here reported to police so far in November.

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Hit-and-run driver smashes into Northgate TJ Maxx

May 9th, 2013 by Mike

Seattle Police say a 25-year-old driver smashed his old car into the TJ Maxx store at Northgate on Thursday afternoon, then fled the scene.

The incident occurred about 1 p.m. on May 8th, police said, in the 11000 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the 25-year-old male suspect was driving his 1973 Plymouth Scamp westbound on NE 112th Street (the only other occupant of the car was an adult female riding in the front passenger-side seat). As the suspect turned south onto southbound Roosevelt Way NE he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the rear of the TJ Maxx building. Both the suspect and his passenger then left the scene on foot and were gone upon the officers’ arrival.

While officers were on scene investigating the suspect and his girlfriend returned to the scene. Officers arrested the suspect and transported him to the North Precinct where he was investigated and processed for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI).

Damage to the building was slight. Damage to the car was substantial, police said. There were no reported injuries.

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Charges filed in hit-and-run death by 15th Ave. bridge

September 29th, 2012 by Mike

The driver of the car that killed a man last month on 15th Avenue Northeast just south of the bridge over Thornton Creek has been charged with drunken driving and  felony hit and run, according to King County prosecutors.

In a post earlier this week we reported that prosecutors said no charges had been yet been filed. That turned out to be erroneous – the next day a prosecutor’s spokesman said he had missed them at first, but that the charges were filed Aug. 8, with the suspect’s first court date on Aug. 22.

According to the court charges, Erik Steven Terpstra, 24, was charged with driving while under the influence and with hit and run – felony. He refused to perform field sobriety tests, the police report states, but according to the charging papers his blood alcohol level was later found to be almost three times the legal limit.

He remains in jail with bail set at $500,000. His next court date is Oct. 25, prosecutors say.

A police report filed with the court indicates that a witness saw the victim, illuminated by streetlights, sitting with his legs crossed in the middle of the southbound lane of 15th Avenue shortly before 2 a.m. on Aug. 5.

The witness tried to warn the victim that he was in danger, but he “would not respond,” the police report states.

According to the report, the witness “felt uneasy about (the victim’s) state of mind, so he pulled a short distance away, turned on his four-way flashers, and called 911.”

But as he was on the phone with an emergency operator, he saw a black Infiniti Q45 strike the victim at an estimated 60-70 mph, according to the police report. The airbags deployed in the Infiniti, but it did not slow down or stop, the report states.

Officers arriving on the scene found the Infiniti about a mile away, in the 2700 block of N.E. 98th Street. The driver was standing outside, and told police his airbags suddenly inflated, according to the report. A passenger in the car told officers she saw something in the road at the time of the impact – she believed it was a bag about 2 1/2 feet tall, the report states.

The driver, who gave a Woodinville address, was initially jailed for  investigation of vehicular homicide and investigation of hit and run.

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A smashed car window, a missing cat and a roadside shrine

September 26th, 2012 by Mike

The Art Tile showroom on Roosevelt Way Northeast wrote this afternoon:


Between 12 noon and 12:20 p.m. today an Art Tile Co. employee’s car was broken into while parked on the west side of Roosevelt just north of Art Tile between Northeast 85th & 86th streets. They broke out the right-hand window and stole a backpack. Yes this was in the middle of the day. BE ALERT FOR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY!

A little earlier Shelley wrote:

Hi Maple Leaf Blog. I was wondering if you could post this for me. We haven’t seen our cat Molly for a week and are getting worried. She’s the lighter cat on the bottom of this picture. Unfortunately she won’t keep a collar on so doesn’t have one right now. If anyone has seen her in the last few days, please let me know. Thanks!!!

Shelley lives at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street. She can be reached at 206-351-4938.

Update 7 p.m.: Shelley writes:

I would like to thank the kind person who found Molly after she was hit by a car and rushed her to the vet to try and save her. He posted signs which I finally saw today and he called the vet to check up on her. If it wasn’t for him I would never have known what happened to her.

Finally, Nic emails to ask if we know what authorities have decided to do about the driver of a hit-and-run car that struck a man on 15th Avenue Northeast on Aug. 5.

According to police, witnesses said they saw the 32-year-old man sitting in the road about 2 a.m. According to a press release, the driver was jailed for investigation of vehicular homicide and investigation of hit and run.

Nic said a memorial has been established at the scene, just south of the bridge over Thornton Creek.

Other than your coverage at the time and the follow-up comments I cannot find anything about what happened (at the time and after the driver was charged) in any other news source. This is a block from my house and seven blocks from my office and I walk my dogs by the shrine every day.

No charges have yet been filed, according to the King County Prosecutor’s office, and a police spokesman said complex accidents investigated by the traffic department can often take several months to complete and forward to prosecutors. This investigation is still ongoing, he said.

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Fatal hit and run overnight in Maple Leaf on 15th Ave.

August 5th, 2012 by Mike

Police today report a man sitting in the street on 15th Avenue Northeast was struck and killed by a car about 2 a.m.

The accident occurred in the 10400 block, or just at the bridge over Thornton Creek 15th Avenue, in the southbound lane, police said.

From  a police press release:

According to the witness, the man was sitting in the road with his legs crossed, elbows resting on his knees and his head cradled in his hands. As the witness approached the victim in an attempt to remove him from the road, a 1997 Infiniti Q45 travelling south on 15th Avenue N.E. struck the man, killing the 32-year-old man. The driver of the car drove off without stopping.

Officers found the car a few blocks away, in the 2700 block of Northeast 98th Street. Police said the 23-year-old driver appeared to be impaired by alcohol.

Neither the driver nor his female passenger were injured, police said. The driver was jailed for investigation of vehicular homicide and investigation of hit and run, the press release said.

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Hit and run reported on Roosevelt Way in Maple Leaf

May 10th, 2012 by Mike

Update: This was posted as a comment on our “Burglar hits while owner gardens” post:

Hit and run last night 9:50 p.m. to our parked vehicle in front of house just off Roosevelt Way.
Dark color extended cab,short-bed pickup with tool box. Pickup sits high. Silver trim left on ground. This truck will have front corner driver side damage. Never even slowed down, security photos cannot make out make or model though. If anyone sees this vehicle please post.


Judy emails overnight to say a neighbor’s pickup truck was struck by a hit-and-run driver about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 103rd Street.

“The vehicle that hit it did not slow down. It was a medium sized pick-up, super cab, tool box in the back, black rims. The driver’s side will be smashed up.”

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Now, a smashed scooter on Fifth Ave. N.E.

August 6th, 2011 by Mike

This just in:

Hello Maple Leaf Lifers!

On Wednesday, Aug. 3rd, in the afternoon, my scooter was hit by (I’m assuming) a car. It was parked on 5th and 95th, among several other cars. The scooter was hit pretty hard; it is currently not drivable. No note was left, so if anyone saw anything it would be helpful to know! Thanks 🙂

– Sarah

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