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Police seek suspect in possible hit-and-run on Houston Road

Whidbey News-Times South Whidbey Record Editor
August 13, 2014 · Updated 5:24 PM

A near collision on State Highway 525 last week left a motorcyclist injured and state troopers looking for the driver of the other vehicle.

Described as a greenish teal van or minivan, the vehicle was last seen heading north on Houston Road with two occupants, a driver and passenger wearing a red shirt, according to Washington State Patrol reports.

According to a State Patrol report, the accident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5. Leonard Shaw, 52, of Surrey, British Columbia, was driving northbound on the highway riding a 2007 Harley Davidson.

As he approached the intersection of Houston Road, the southbound van allegedly made a left turn onto Houston, crossing into Shaw’s path of travel.

“The two vehicles missed one another, but the motorcycle went down,” Cardinal said.

Shaw was transported to Whidbey General Hospital to be treated for fractures to his left foot and several ribs, said State Patrol Detective Craig Cardinal.

A hospital spokeswoman confirmed that Shaw was treated and released.

Witnesses reported that the van did pull over following the near miss, but may not have been able to see Shaw in the roadway from where it stopped.

Heavy brush on the corner possibly blocked the driver’s line of sight.

“They may be unaware a collision even happened,” Cardinal said.

Nevertheless, they are being sought for questioning and Cardinal is asking them, or anyone who with knowledge about the collision, to contact him.

Anyone with information about the accident or the occupant’s whereabouts are asked to call 360-654-1204 and leave a message for Detective Craig Cardinal.

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