Suspect arrested in I-5 hit and run

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nissan, left, was hit by driver of Honda, right
Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol

At approximately 3:10am on November 5, 2017, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) responded to a report of a serious injury collision on southbound I-5 just north of 175th in Shoreline.

Upon arrival, troopers observed a black Nissan Sentra partially in lane one with extensive left side damage and missing the driver door. They also observed a male lying on the right shoulder south of the Nissan.

The individual was bleeding heavily and unconscious.

Troopers also noticed a blue Honda Element further south of the scene with heavy front end damage. 

According to witnesses, the driver of the Honda walked back to the Nissan then left the scene in a Mini Cooper. It was determined that the Nissan was disabled on the right shoulder and the driver was outside of the vehicle when he was struck.

The Seattle Fire Department transported the victim to Harborview in critical condition where he remains in the Intensive Care Unit in critical but stable condition.

Troopers contacted the residence of the registered owner of the Honda and spoke with a roommate who told the troopers he had not seen the registered owner for six hours. The roommate supplied the troopers with the cell phone number of the registered owner.

On November 7, 2018, WSP detectives interviewed the registered owner, Michael J. Rodenburg, 45 years old from Seattle. Rodenburg was subsequently arrested and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of Felony Hit and Run.


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