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Police: Woman jogging in West Seattle seriously injured in hit and run

Police: Woman jogging in West Seattle seriously injured in hit and run
The 2300 block of Fairmount Avenue S.W. is where police say a woman jogger was hit by a vehicle about 7 a.m. Saturday, June 8.
SEATTLE -- A woman jogging in West Seattle sustained life-threatening injuries after a hit-and-run collision, Seattle Police said.

The 54-year-old woman was found unconscious on the side of the road in the 2300 block of Fairmount Avenue S.W. by a passerby who called 911 at 7:04 a.m.

Investigators believe the woman was running when she was struck by the vehicle.

The driver did not stop or help and left the scene, police said.

Medics treated the woman and transported her to Harborview Medical Center.

Randy Bartholomew, who lives nearby, said people are out very early in the morning and late at night on Fairmount Ave., which is a very popular road that's a short-cut to avoid California Ave. S.W.

“There’s runners, walkers – there’s people walking their dogs, Bartholomew said. "Pretty much you can run into people doing that all the time here during the day. people by and large are very respectful.

Six months ago, there was a two-vehicle crash with five people involved after midnight, including a teens and a driver of a truck who had a suspended license, he said.

"I just wish people would slow down especially in residential areas. Don't always assume you have the right of way and at least check to makes sure somebody is not coming. Fairmount and 39th is a school area and people routinely come through that area way too fast."

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation squad are trying to find out what happened.