Sketch of driver released in fatal hit-and-run in Lakewood

Staff writerApril 24, 2014 

Lakewood police on Thursday released a sketch of a driver who ran down a 19-year-old and fled without stopping to help the dying man. Tauave Seiaute, of Tacoma, crashed his car about 5 a.m. Sunday in the 4000 block of 96th Street South. Police said Seiaute got out of his vehicle to flag down help from passing cars and was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Seiaute’s passenger told officers he yelled at the hit-and-run driver as he sped away. The passenger and other witnesses worked with police to develop the sketch and a description of the suspect’s vehicle.

Although the vehicle was initially described as a Ford Windstar-type minivan, police said it could have been an SUV or larger sedan. It was light colored, possibly tan, and might have had running boards.

A young white man was behind the wheel and there may have been up to three passengers in the vehicle.

Lt. Chris Lawler urged anyone who has seen a vehicle with recent front end damage to call police. He also warned that passengers in the suspect vehicle could face charges if they don’t come forward.

Detectives continue to inspect surveillance video from the scene in hopes of identifying the suspect or vehicle involved.

Tips can be called in to the Lakewood Police Department at 253-830-5000 or 253-830-5064.

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