Crime

Pedestrian hit at Custer rest stop critical, and ‘it’s only right she gets answers’

The Washington State Patrol is asking for help locating a red or orange four-door passenger car that is suspected to have been involved in a hit-and-run incident with a pedestrian Friday afternoon at the Custer rest area along southbound Interstate 5.

The pedestrian, 68-year-old Cynthia L. Stitt from Marysville, was seriously injured in the collision and was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital in Bellingham, according to the State Patrol report on the incident, which occurred at 3:29 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

Stitt was admitted to St. Joseph’s hospital and is listed in critical condition, hospital spokesperson Bev Mayhem told The Bellingham Herald.

“We know the woman sustained serious injury, and it’s only right she gets answers and her story is told,” Trooper Heather Axtman told The Herald.

A State Patrol press release Sunday, said detectives continue to investigate the incident and that the car involved was believed to be a red or orange four-door, described possibly as a Chrysler 300 or Dodge Charger. After hitting the pedestrian, who was standing in the rest area parking lot, the car reportedly drove southbound on I-5.

Sunday’s release said detectives are seeking anyone who may have witnessed the incident, what happened shortly before or after it or might know where the car that was involved may be located. Witnesses are encouraged to contact detective Dan Comnick at 360-757-2008 or Daniel.comnick@wsp.wa.gov.

“It was at a rest area on Friday afternoon — somebody saw something,” Axtman said. “Even if you think what you saw was small and don’t personally consider it to be helpful, we strongly urge you to call. One small piece of information could lead to something really large in this case.

Axtman said she doesn’t know the vehicle’s speed when it hit Stitt.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.
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