Crime

Driver sought in hit-run that injured teen girl in Birch Bay

Authorities are looking for the driver of a dark-colored and “lifted” pickup truck who swerved into a group of four youths and fled after injuring a teen girl, late Saturday, June 4.

According to a Washington State Patrol report, the youths were walking north on the shoulder in the 8100 block of Birch Bay Drive near Cottonwood Drive about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The driver of the southbound pickup swerved and hit one of the youths, apparently with the truck’s passenger-side mirror. The driver continued south on Birch Bay Drive.

The victim, a 15-year-old girl, was was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph hospital, said Trooper Mark Francis of the Washington State Patrol. Francis said she suffered serious head injuries and a broken leg, but that her condition wasn’t life-threatening.

Her companions were unhurt. The driver is facing felony hit-and-run charges.

Francis said witnesses described the truck as a large Ford or Dodge pickup, whose chassis was raised. It had a chrome roll bar or light bar mounted in the cargo bed, and there was a pink logo or lettering on its rear-facing window or tailgate. The truck may have damage to its passenger-side mirror and rub marks on its tires.

Anyone with information about the incident should call state patrol detective Craig Cardinal at 360-654-1200.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty

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