Random Car Part Solves Hit-And-Run
The internet has assisted in the investigation of a fatal hit-and-run after Washington State Patrol officer Johnna Batiste posted a picture of a piece of evidence from the crash. A single car part was left at the scene of the crime, which involved a vehicle and a cyclist, and people online were able to work together to link it back to the suspect, who has since been arrested.
Back on August 9th, Trooper Johnna Batiste tweeted, “WSP is investigating a felony hit and run collision at SR7/320th. A bicyclist was struck and killed sometime between 0830-0930 this morning. If you or someone you know witnessed this collision please call WSP. NB tracffic is blocked and getting by in the center turn lane.” After the initial assessment of the crash site, police determined the guilty vehicle was black.
Batiste then found and uploaded this image of a single piece of evidence. Users became incredibly invested in the case and some were able to identify the part as a pop-up headlight from an old 1980s truck. Another person took the lead and narrowed it down to a (1983-84) Headlamp Bezel-Right-DHL-Chevy from a Chevy Silverado, and all the cops had to do was locate all of the models in the area.
Within less than a week, Batiste tweeted, “WSP detectives made an arrest today for Thursday’s fatal bicyclist hit and run in Eatonville. Reddit users identify a photographed broken car part as a mid 1980s Chevy truck headlight assembly. Local anonymous tip confirms and led to the arrest of a driver of an 1986 Chevy K-10.” He went on to express his gratitude to everyone who helped bring the suspect to justice, and promised to keep the internet updated on how the case progresses.