January 3, 1998 in City

When Road Rage Becomes Fury Afoot Police Investigate Two Cases Where Pedestrians Attack Cars

Associated Press

Road rage doesn’t seem to be limited to people behind the wheel. Police in Seattle and Tacoma are investigating cases involving folks on foot.

In Tacoma, someone standing in a parking lot Thursday pulled out a gun and fired several shots at a motorist who hit a pedestrian and drove away.

In an unrelated case in Seattle, police arrested a pedestrian who was almost hit by a car and then struck back by repeatedly kicking the vehicle.

In the Tacoma case, police say the shooting occurred about 2 a.m. after a car hit a pedestrian near the intersection of Martin Luther King Way and 19th Street.

A bystander reportedly pulled out a gun and blasted away at the vehicle as it sped off.

The pedestrian was taken to Madigan Army Medical Center for treatment of a head injury. There was no indication the shots fired by the unidentified bystander struck anyone.

The shooter fled the scene before police arrived.

In the Seattle case, police arrested a man who repeatedly kicked a car that almost hit him while he was in a crosswalk at the intersection of Third Avenue and University Street about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The driver told police he had been stuck in traffic when he decided to back up and try to go around a bus in front of him. The Shoreline man said he didn’t hit the pedestrian as he backed up, but the man kicked out one of his car’s tail lights and dented the passenger side door to express his displeasure with the close call.

The pedestrian, who was not identified, was booked into the King County Jail.

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