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Western student recovering at Harborview after suspected hit-and-run

A Western student and victim of what the Washington State Patrol believes was a hit-and-run is recovering and is now in satisfactory condition, a Harborview Medical Center spokesperson said.

Lucas K. Brazier, 23, was found the night of Jan. 31 with head trauma and leg injuries that Washington State Patrol believes were from being struck by a vehicle. Brazier was in critical condition, but a Harborview spokesperson said Saturday, Feb. 3 that he is now in satisfactory condition.

According to a spokesperson, Harborview has four different categories for patients: satisfactory, serious, critical and, after confirming with family, deceased.

At around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, Washington State Patrol received a 911 call about a pedestrian walking in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 just south of Samish Way. A trooper found Brazier nearby in the brush on the right side of the roadway shortly after, according to Washington State Patrol.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the case as a hit-and-run. State patrol believes the car was a green 1991-1996 Ford Escort or 1991-1996 Mercury Tracer, based on evidence collected at the scene. They believe the vehicle should have damage to the headlight area and windshield on the front passenger side.

Trooper Heather Axtman said the likelihood of finding the driver depends on the public. She asked that anyone with information about the incident, or who saw Brazier Wednesday, Jan. 31, contact Washington State Patrol.

Brazier was transported to St. Joseph Hospital and later Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Washington State Patrol is asking those with information to contact Detective Charles Sletten at 360-654-1144 or charles.sletten@wsp.wa.gov.

The Western Front will continue to provide updates as to Brazier’s condition and as more information becomes available.

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