Puyallup police spoke with a man Tuesday who they said showed great interest in surveillance footage that captured a car hitting a 16-year-old girl last week and speeding away.
The hit-and-run accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. March 14 in the 600 block of West Stewart Avenue as the girl walked in a marked crosswalk. She underwent major surgery this week and remains hospitalized, police Capt. Scott Engle said.
About midnight Saturday, a man walked into the Golden Rule grocery store near the accident scene and asked about the store’s surveillance system. Police are using footage taken the night of the accident from the store to identify the hit-and-run driver.
The man asked if the camera could capture incidents on the road, if it could record license plate numbers and asked to see video from the night of the crash.
Police asked for the public’s help to identify the man Tuesday.
He called police himself about 4 p.m. when a friend told him he was on the news, and then he went to the department to speak with investigators, Engle said.
Police were not saying Tuesday whether the man is a suspect. The investigation was ongoing and no arrests had been made, Engle said.
The girl’s family asked for privacy while she heals but expressed appreciation for “everyone’s well wishes and the media’s attention to this case in attempting to identify the suspect,” Engle firstname.lastname@example.org