Washington State's highways are dangerous places. With a number of large, heavy objects moving along at high speeds, the scene is set for tragedy to strike at any second. While cars crashing into each other is bad enough, the danger is even higher when a pedestrian is involved. As most highways are not meant for pedestrians, they lack sidewalks and other features that tend to lend themselves to keeping people safe while on foot. When an emergency happens and one is forced to walk along a highway, tragic consequences can result.
This was the case on Easter Sunday for a man who apparently ran out of gas and was walking near an off-ramp at the junction of two nearby state highways. A Ford Crown Victoria allegedly hit the man as he walked along the shoulder of the road. The 39-year-old was found dead at the scene. The white car fled the scene and witnesses said it headed toward Seattle, leaving its bumper and a side-view mirror at the site of the hit-and-run.