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UPDATE: Puyallup police seek man who asked to see footage from hit-and-run that seriously injured teen girl

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 19, 2013 at 10:05 am with No Comments »
March 19, 2013 7:23 pm

Puy hit-and-runUPDATE as of 7:19 p.m. The man called police about 4 p.m. this afternoon after a friend told him officers were looking for him, and he then came to the department to speak with investigators, police Capt. Scott Engle said.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing, Engle said.

He said police are not saying at this time whether the man is a suspect.

INITIAL POST: Puyallup police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who showed great interest in surveillance footage that captured a driver hitting a 16-year-old girl last week and speeding away.

The hit-and-run occurred about 7:30 p.m. March 14 in the 600 block of West Stewart Avenue as the girl walked in a marked crosswalk.

The girl underwent major surgery this week and remains hospitalized, police Capt. Scott Engle said.

Around midnight Saturday, a man walked into the Golden Rule grocery store and began asking about the store’s surveillance system. Police are using surveillance footage from the store the night of the accident in an attempt to identify the hit-and-run driver.

The man allegedly asked if the camera could capture incidents on the road, if it could record license plate numbers and asked to see video from the night of the crash.

Police said the man is not a suspect right now but believe he may have information related to the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department’s tip line at 253-770-3343.

The girl’s family asked for privacy while she heals but expressed “their appreciation for everyone’s well wishes and the media’s attention to this case in attempting to identify the suspect,” Engle said.

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