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Graphic Video: Cars target, run over pedestrians in Seattle

A police car. (Dreamstime/TNS)
December 12, 2023

The Seattle Police Department is asking for the public to “come forward” with information regarding two disturbing vehicle assaults that allegedly involved cars intentionally targeting and striking “random pedestrians.”

The two-vehicle assault incidents were captured on cell phones and surveillance video footage that was released by the Seattle Police Department. Fox News reported Sunday that pedestrians appeared to have been deliberately targeted in each of the two Seattle incidents.

Detectives noted that the first vehicle assault incident shown in the video occurred on Nov. 26. Video footage shows a car speeding directly toward a woman and appearing to run her over intentionally. Fox News reported that multiple bystanders came to the assistance of the unidentified woman before a vehicle stopped, and the woman was lifted into the passenger seat.

Fox News reported that the second vehicle assault incident took place near the location of the first incident and involved another random pedestrian being run over from behind by a vehicle as the pedestrian was walking in the bus lane. Video footage shows the pedestrian being thrown over the hood of the vehicle after being hit by the car.

“The Seattle Police Department is investigating two separate hit and runs that have me extremely concerned. Our detectives recently obtained of the callous crimes, which occurred in Aurora. In each video, the driver targets and strikes random pedestrians,” a Seattle Police Department spokesman said in the video statement released by the department. “Tonight, I’m asking for anyone with information to please come forward.”

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Seattle Police told Fox News that based on the speed of the vehicles in the videos, it is possible that the victims suffered severe injuries.

According to Fox News, while police detectives have reviewed 911 phone call records and hospital admissions and have searched the area for witnesses of the two incidents, the Seattle Police Department has not yet been able to locate the victims seen in the video footage.

The Seattle Police Department has asked anyone with information pertaining to the two hit-and-run incidents to contact the department’s Violence Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000.

Sharing the graphic video footage of the two incidents on YouTube, the Seattle Police Department’s spokesman warned, “What you are about to see may be disturbing.”