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Detectives want help finding a hit-and-run driver suspected of killing a bike rider

The Washington State Patrol is seeking help to find a driver suspected of hitting and killing a man riding a bicycle early Wednesday morning in Milton.
The Washington State Patrol is seeking help to find a driver suspected of hitting and killing a man riding a bicycle early Wednesday morning in Milton. Courtesy

The Washington State Patrol is seeking help to find a driver suspected of hitting and killing a man who was riding a bicycle early Wednesday morning in Milton.

A man in his early 20s was riding a bike southbound on state Route 161 when he was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. Authorities do not have a description of the vehicle and say it is likely it didn’t sustain visible damage. The WSP, which was called to assist at the scene by the Milton Police Department at about 2:30 a.m., says detectives believe the rider was separated from his bike before being run over by the unknown vehicle.

A tow truck ran over the bike and when the driver turned around he discovered the rider in a different lane. Detectives have confirmed that the tow truck did not hit the rider, according to a WSP statement. All but one southbound lane were closed for 5 1/2 hours while troopers investigated the felony hit and run.

As of Thursday morning, the King County Medical Examiner had yet to release the identity of the victim.

Those with information about the incident are asked to call Detective Vik Mauro at 425-401-7746 or victoria.mauro@wsp.wa.gov.

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