Video Catches Suspect Vehicle in Fatality Hit-and-Run

The investigation into the fatality hit-and-run that claimed the life of Tauave Seiaute has been ongoing since it occurred on April 20th.

Lakewood Police Department Detectives recently located video from a Transit bus that shows the suspect vehicle westbound on 96th Street Southwest, just moments before the collision. The suspect vehicle appears to be a mini-van that is two-tone in color with a lighter stripe at the bottom of the vehicle. It also appears that the vehicle may have running boards, as described by the witness.

Seiaute, the 19-year-old male victim, had just been involved in a single-car accident where his vehicle had traveled off the main roadway. According to a witness passenger in the victim vehicle, the victim then went into the roadway in what investigators believe was an effort to flag down a passing motorist for assistance. The victim was struck by a vehicle going westbound on 96th Street, which only stopped briefly after the collision. The witness passenger told investigators that he yelled at the driver that he had just hit the victim. The driver then fled the scene without identifying himself or attempting to render aid for the victim.

The witness described the suspect vehicle as a tan or white Ford Windstar-type minivan being driven by a younger-looking white male and reported seeing at least three other occupants in the fleeing vehicle. The suspect vehicle should have front end damage towards the right front fender/wheel area and possibly undercarriage damage too.

If you have information regarding this incident, you are encouraged to contact the Lakewood Police Department.