By KOMO Communities Staff (Beacon Hill Blog news partners)
The search is on for the driver who crashed into a church, then fled the scene.
Service was canceled at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church on 14th Ave. S. Tuesday morning after a car rammed into the side of the building.
The crash, which occurred just before 2 a.m., tore through the stage inside the church, and left behind a large gaping hole.
No one was injured in the crash. Firefighters said the driver ran from the scene, leaving behind his car, before police arrived.
The crash displaced several church elders who live above the church. The Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents while investigators determine whether the structure is safe for occupancy.
A description of the sought driver was not available.
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The Seattle Post Globe fills us in on the filling of an eighth “void” along the tunnel excavation route at 18th and Lander. Another potential void is also being examined at 17th as well. Crews are expected to complete investigation and repairs by May 22nd.
After the initial report of the sinkhole that rose all the way to the surface, subsequent voids were identified by reviewing records of excavation spoils for abnormally high readings originally attributed to mismeasurement, accuracy, or instrument calibration issues.
BHB reader Heidi wrote this morning about having seen crews working at these repair sites (and being a bit hesitant about answering questions) and pointed out the crumbling retaining wall nearby. Interestingly, in the Post Globe report Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray states no structural damage has been reported from these voids and that only a quarter-inch of settling has been measured, and none of that near the void sites.
At about 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, police responded to a report of two shots fired in the 9600 block of 41st Avenue S. The back window of a parked car had been shot out. A red Nissan 4-door car was seen speeding away northbound on 41st. The victim reported that the suspects appeared to be two Latino men between the ages of 18-20, possibly persons he had previously had an altercation with 3 years ago.
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More details in the original report at the SPDBlotter.