A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Pedestrian killed by hit-and-run driver near Green Lake Sunday night was Greenwood resident

January 3rd, 2017 by Doree

KOMO 4 reports the female pedestrian killed by a hit-and-run driver at North 82nd Street and Wallingford Avenue North Sunday night was a resident of Greenwood House, a Low Income Housing Institute group home on 6th Avenue NW at NW 88th Street.

KOMO says Donelle “Nellie” Yelli had lived at the home for years and was considered the “mother hen” to other residents. You can see KOMO’s full story here.

According to Seattle Police, the driver left the scene in front of Bishop Blanchett High School but returned a short time later, and was arrested on Investigation of Vehicular Homicide.

KIRO 7 reports the driver was charged on Monday with Vehicular Homicide, Hit and Run, and Driving Under the Influence. Her bail was set at $200,000. You can see KIRO’s full report here.

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Hit and run by Ken’s Market early Monday – did anyone see anything?

March 26th, 2013 by Doree

Patrick tells us his father’s car was hit at 5:30 a.m. on Monday by a white car that left the scene.

The car was travelling East on 73rd Street when it drifted across the street and hit the side of the car. There should be significant damage to the driver’s side, front fender. It is most likely a local car, considering the time of day, and the person was either commuting to work or heading to the airport. Any information would be appreciated.


If you have any information, please email eggers1@yahoo.com.

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Man seriously injured by hit and run driver in Greenwood

February 25th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police say a man was seriously injured late Sunday night after being struck twice by a hit and run driver in Greenwood.

From the SPD Blotter:

A man was left seriously injured late last night after being struck twice by a hit and run driver in North Seattle.

From the SPD Blotter:

On February 24th at approximately 11:36 p.m. officers responded to a 911 call of a hit and run injury collision near the intersection of Fremont Avenue North and North 105th Street. Preliminary investigation indicates that an unknown male suspect was driving a 2000 Ford Mustang convertible. The victim, a man in his 40′s, was standing with a male friend at the bus stop just east of the intersection on the south side of North 105th Street.

Just prior to the collision the suspect was traveling eastbound on North 105th Street and for reasons yet to be determined, the suspect drove up onto the curb and struck the victim. The suspect continued on striking two parked cars. The suspect then backed up and struck the victim a second time. At that point the suspect’s vehicle got stuck on the curb. The suspect exited the vehicle and tried to run away.

The victim’s friend, who successfully avoided being struck by the suspect, attempted to physically detain the suspect however, the suspect was able to break free and took off running northbound on Fremont Avenue North. Officers conducted an area search for the suspect however, he remains at large.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 5’4″ tall, last seen wearing a black jacket and tan pants.

Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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2 pedestrians hit by truck in early-morning hit-and-run in Greenwood

September 16th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Police say early Sunday morning two people in Greenwood were hit by a truck that sped off.

From the SPD Blotter:

This morning at about 1:45 am a pickup truck was reportedly travelling southbound in the 9000 Block of Dayton Avenue North. Two pedestrian were standing by their cars on the west side of the road, when the truck veered toward them and struck them. The vehicle first stopped, and then fled the scene driving southbound on Dayton Avenue N.

North Precinct officers responded and detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) were called out to conduct the investigation.

Both pedestrians are in their 20’s, and were treated on scene by Seattle Fire and transported to Harborview via Medics. While at the hospital, it was determine that the pedestrians were not as seriously injured as initially thought, but they will remain at hospital for additional medical assessment.

The driver/ vehicle are still at large and the investigation continues.

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Hit-and-run of parked car in Greenwood Sunday afternoon

May 14th, 2012 by Doree

Laura tells us that someone hit her family’s parked car at North 90th Street and Dayton Avenue North on Sunday afternoon.

This afternoon at around 4:30 a large truck towing a boat (orange or yellow boat) struck and damaged my husband’s car. We were in the yard at the time and heard the accident, but thought they had hit the roundabout at the intersection. It wasn’t until about 45 minutes later we discovered the damage to the car (bumper has been knocked free of the car and there is damage over the front driver side tire.)

Did anyone see this happen or have any more information?

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Hit and run mayhem during Art Walk

May 11th, 2012 by Doree

Update 10 p.m.: Det. Mark Jamieson has just posted the full account on the SPD Blotter.

Update 9:15 p.m.: The scene at 73rd and Greenwood was just one of several crime scenes that Seattle Police say is related to one suspect.

“We have quite a convoluted scene, a very spread out scene, Det. Mark Jamieson tells me.

Det. Jamieson says this is all began about 6:30 tonight when an officer recovered a stolen car near Green Lake. The registered owner was contacted and said he was on his way to pick it up. The officer completed his paperwork and drove away, but just minutes later he saw that same car drive by. The officer knew that the registered owner couldn’t have reached the scene that fast, so he tried to pull the car over. The suspect took off at a high rate of speed.

“So we now have a stolen car that has been re-stolen,” Det. Jamieson says.

The officer chased the stolen car up to Greenwood Avenue, where several other police cars were congregating to stop the suspect. The suspect intentionally rammed a patrol car, then drove up onto the sidewalk, nearly striking a pedestrian, who had to jump out of the way. Det. Jamieson said that pedestrian suffered a minor injury from scrambling out of the way, and was taken to the hospital to be checked out. hitting a pedestrian, who suffered a minor leg injury (this information has been updated by SPD.)

The chase continued northbound on Greenwood Avenue and side streets, until the suspect collided with another car at 87th and Greenwood, and then also hit another patrol car. The suspect drove around Walgreens, down the alley, and tried to run over officers who were trying to stop him. Another pedestrian in that area was slightly hurt jumping out of the way.

This car was hit by the suspect at North 87th Street and Greenwood Avenue North. Photo by James McFarlane.

At that point, SPD terminated the pursuit, but was able to keep visual contact with the suspect vehicle because so many patrol cars were in the area.

This police car was hit near the Walgreens at 87th and Greenwood. Photo by James McFarlane.

The suspect was finally caught at 8th Avenue NE and NE 67th Street. The suspect is a man in his 20s. Det. Jamieson said he was taken to Harborview Medical Center because he appeared to be under the influence of something. After being evaluated at the hospital, he will be booked into King County Jail for a variety of charges.

Earlier: A two-car accident Friday evening at Greenwood Avenue North and North 73rd Street turned into a police chase “right out of Hollywood,” according to one witness.

When an officer saw the accident and turned on his lights, one of the vehicles, a white sedan, pulled a quick u-turn, hit a pedestrian in the crosswalk and sped north on Greenwood Avenue, bystander Matt Gaultier said.

Another witness, Evan Rush, said “the officer gunned it going backwards and spun around. It was just like out of Hollywood.”

An officer at 73rd said the suspect was captured in Greenwood and may have collided with a police vehicle.

We saw one person being taken to the hospital.

After all that, a police car leaving the scene accidentally backed into a car that was waiting at the light, going northbound on Greenwood Avenue North.

As of 8 p.m., part of the scene was taped off and officers were directing traffic through the intersection.

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