Stolen truck crashes on Eastmoreland sidewalk; suspect bolts
Police were still investigating the single-vehicle smashup just south of the intersection of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and Tolman Street on Saturday morning, April 13; but neighbors told THE BEE that, at about 9:30 a.m., an eastbound, full sized pickup truck ran off the road, smashed into a tree, and came to rest on the sidewalk.
"No one is sure how or why the driver missed the curve and went between the trees," said neighbor Ed Smith. "You can see that the left front wheel was torn off, and the right front wheel was completely destroyed in the accident. But apparently the driver got out, pretty much uninjured, and headed (west) down Bybee toward the golf course."
But the suspect did not escape in anonymity; a Westmoreland neighbor – who did not want to be identified – snapped photos of the suspect leaving the crashed Chevrolet Silverado Z71 truck, and shared them with the police and with THE BEE.
A police officer at the scene confirmed to neighbors that the truck had been reported stolen. It took time and careful maneuvering, but a flatbed tow truck eventually managed to remove the damaged truck. The police are still at work tracking down the apparent vehicle thief who departed the scene the crash.