Bellevue Police Seek Assistance Identifying Pedestrian Involved in Hit And Run (video)

Today, Bellevue Police Responded to a reported hit and run crash involving a pedestrian near the intersection with 148th Avenue NE and NE 8th Street. Officers arrived and contacted the driver of a 2016 Tesla SUV. The driver stated that she was driving westbound on NE 8th Street at about 35 miles per hour when a pedestrian ran into the drivers’ side of her vehicle. There was significant damage to the side of the vehicle, including the mirror. After the crash, the pedestrian picked up his skateboard and ran northbound on 148th Avenue. The pedestrian was not located. The pedestrian is described as a white male juvenile, wearing a dark hoodie and a blue backpack, and carrying a skateboard. The entire incident was captured by a city of Bellevue traffic camera (warning: graphic video).

In the video, the pedestrian appears to get into a “three point stance” before running across the busy roadway against the light.

Bellevue Police are asking for anyone that knows the identity of the pedestrian to contact them at 425-577-5656. Any time an individual is involved in a collision that causes damage to a vehicle, they are required to stop and provide information to the other involved party. This includes pedestrians.

Bellevue Child Missing For Six Years

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the day that 2-year-old Sky Metalwala was reported missing, and Bellevue Police continue to seek leads in the case. On November 6th, 2011, 2-year-old Sky Metalwala was reported missing in Bellevue by his mother, Julia Biryukova. Julia reported that she left Sky in her vehicle after it ran out of gas in Bellevue. A police investigation revealed inaccuracies in Julia’s statement, including the fact that her car was not out of gas and had no mechanical problems. Julia spoke with investigators on the day she reported Sky missing, however has since refused to participate in the police investigation. Sky’s father, Solomon Metalwala, has been an active supporter of the effort to locate Sky. To date, investigators with the FBI, Bellevue Police Department, and Redmond Police Department have pursued over 2,500 tips, spent over 14,000 hours, and over 2 million dollars in this lengthy investigation, however Sky remains missing.

Police remain hopeful this case will be solved, and in May of 2017 an age progressed photo showing what Sky would look like as a seven-year-old boy was released (photo).

If anyone has any information regarding this case, they are urged to contact the Bellevue Police Department by contacting Investigations Captain John McCracken at 425-452-7658 or E-mail JMcCracken@bellevuewa.gov.

Bellevue Police Remind You To Be Safe And Be Seen This Halloween

Today, Bellevue Police remind drivers and trick-or-treaters to be safe and be seen this Halloween. Nationally, pedestrians are twice as likely to be struck by vehicles on Halloween than on other holidays. Below are some tips to keep you and your kids safe this Halloween:

Pedestrians can walk safely by:

  • Crossing the street only at lighted intersections, crosswalks, and at traffic signals
  • Looking both ways before crossing the street
  • Using sidewalks, if available
  • Watching for cars turning or backing up
  • Wearing bright or reflective clothing

Drivers can do their part by:

  • Watching out for kids crossing the street
  • Slow down and be especially alert
  • Refrain from any distractions in the vehicle, including electronic devices

Source: Be safe and be seen this Halloween.