Hit-and-Run Suspect Leaves License Plate at Scene of Crash - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Hit-and-Run Suspect Leaves License Plate at Scene of Crash

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- Michelle Shearer clutched her 4-month old baby Makayla a little tighter Monday.

The Spokane mom feels lucky to be alive after a crash on Saturday, which flipped and mangled her SUV. The woman was hit by a suspected drunken driver at the intersection of Garland and Market on Saturday morning. The other driver fled the scene and remains at large.

Now the mother of two, Makayla, 4 months, and Travis, 2, believes her children are the reason she's still alive.

"I needed to be there with my kids," Shearer said. "I believe in God and I know God was in control the whole entire time and kept me safe."

Saturday morning, around 2:00 am, Shearer said she was driving her friend through the intersection of Market and Garland when another driver suddenly T-boned her.

"Right as I was going he just gassed it and hit me," she said.

Her car flipped once and landed on its side.

"As I was flipping, all I remember is holding my head and I was saying 'Dear God, please. I have two kids, don't kill me. I just need to make it."

Witnesses said the other driver had just left the Special K bar, which sits on the corner of the intersection. Witnesses believed the person was drunk.

By the time Shearer crawled out of the mangled car - her neck and back in pain and her collar bone bruised - the other driver was long gone.

"How you could drive off after doing that to someone?" Shearer said through tears.

However, in the chaos of the crash, a witness found a sign of hope: the suspect's license plate. The plate number is AHU9162. It fell off at the scene.

"We have the license plate so I was like "Aha!" Shearer exclaimed when she found out about the plate.

It's the one piece of evidence Shearer is hoping will find the person who damaged her car and nearly took her life.

"I don't know why it happened to me, it must have happened for a reason," Shearer continued. "I just hope, as long as this person is found, justice will be served."

After the collision, Shearer was transported to the hospital with bruising as well as neck and back pain. She is expected to be okay. Her friend received minor injuries.

KHQ confirmed Spokane Police are involved in this case. As of Monday afternoon, spokesperson Jennifer DeRuwe said police had not found the hit-and-run driver or the other car involved in the crash. If and when they do find the suspect, he or she could face felony hit-and-run charges.

If you have any information about this crash, call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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