Police hope man seen on camera key to solving Puyallup hit-and-run

Editor's Note: The day after this story was originally published, Puyallup Police reported the man came forward and they do not consider him connected in any way to the case.

PUYALLUP, Wash. -- Police here are hoping to talk to a man who might have information about a hit-and-run case where a driver struck a 15-year-old girl Thursday night in Puyallup.

The girl had just left the Golden Rule grocery store and was in a crosswalk on West Stewart Avenue when she was hit by a full-sized SUV, according to Capt. Scott Engle with the Puyallup Police Department. The driver sped off in an SUV -- likely eastbound on W. Stewart Ave.

On Saturday, a man walked into the Golden Rule grocery store just after midnight and asked an employee about the store's surveillance cameras -- specifically if their cameras could see the road out front, police said. The man then asked the employee if he could view their tapes from the night of the crash to see if the cameras could see license plate numbers.

Police didn't say if the man was granted access to the videos.

Meanwhile, the teen had successful major surgery over the weekend but is still recovering at a local hospital.