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Mukilteo police searching for clues after violent hit-and-run

Mukilteo police searching for clues after violent hit-and-run
MUKILTEO, Wash. -- Police in Mukilteo are asking for help to track down the driver who hit and seriously injured a 55-year-old Sammamish man last month.

Don Shearer was returning home from Whidbey Island on the night of May 5 when he nearly lost his life. Shearer had just left the Mukilteo ferry at about 10:45 p.m. when someone driving a light colored, late model Cadillac ran a stop sign and hit him.

Shearer and his scooter came to rest 30-feet away.

"It came out and turned sideways to me and we hit side-to-side," Shearer said.

The Cadillac driver sped off before police arrived on scene.

"You don't run off, you don't leave someone laying on the road," Shearer said. "You go back and make sure things are OK or not."

Shearer spent the next several weeks in critical condition with numerous broken bones, a collapsed lung and various internal injuries.

"I hurt and I'm still on strong meds to keep it from being too much," Shearer said.

Shearer's wife, Patrice, was still on the ferry when the crash happened. She learned about if when the ferry crew made an announcement about a crash involving a motorcycle.

"I just had this feeling that something was wrong," Patrice said. "At which point I looked at my friend who was driving my car and she said, 'go,' and I ran, I ran off the ferry."

Shearer's physical activity is now restricted. He can't work and has trouble simply sitting in front of a computer. Through the pain, he's begging the person who hit him to come forward.

"It would just help resolve the situation a lot to know who it is and to know that they understand what they did and the impact that had on my life, so maybe they won't do it anymore," he said.

Police are asking people to be on the lookout for a light colored Cadillac CTS or ATS sedan. They say there is likely damage to the car's front-left quarter panel, and there may be dark blue paint on the car from the scooter.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police.