Do-gooders snap hit-and-run driver

A group of volunteers from a local business who thought they were just making a downtown street a bit prettier Tuesday morning ended up helping Port Orchard officials identify a hit-and-run driver.

Olympic Northwest Mortgage employee Fred Olin said he and about eight co-workers were planting flowers on Bay Street around 8 a.m. when they heard a “big crash.”

“We looked over near Sidney and a tan Lincoln had rear-ended the Nissan in front of him something fierce,” Olin said, explaining that when the driver of the Lincoln pulled around the Nissan and sped past the group near the movie theater, one of the volunteers who had been taking pictures of the plants turned his camera on the suspect as he drove off.

According to the police report, witnesses said the Lincoln was behind a gray Nissan Altima, which was on Bay Street facing east, waiting at a stoplight at the intersection of Sidney Avenue.

The driver of the Nissan, a 36-year-old Gig Harbor woman, and the other witnesses said the driver of the Lincoln crashed into the back of her car twice, the second time pushing her car across the intersection as he drove around her and sped off.

When an officer arrived on scene, he spoke to several witnesses, including one of the volunteers with Olin, who provided police with a photo that partially identified the driver, and clearly identified the license plate number.

The car was registered to a 29-year-old Bremerton man, whom jail records indicated had been released the day before.

The driver in the photo and the witnesses description matched that of the registered owner.

Shortly after the incident, the suspects’ car was located nearby on Kitsap Street, but the suspect had fled on foot.

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