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JULY 14, 1997

Local News

Family asks for information after father killed in hit and run

by Andrew Walgamott

   A Lynnwood woman is asking for the public's help in locating the pickup truck that killed her 55-year-old father in a hit-and-run fatality near Clearview last month.
   Police have a good description of the vehicle that killed Richard Cool of Bothell on 180th Street S.E. near State Route 9 in south Snohomish County June 28. But as tips in the case have waned in recent weeks, Cool's daughter, Denise Bresee, is seeking more information. She believes the truck was driven by an area resident and suspects it may be hidden. Police concur with her.

   "Whoever did this is still out there. Somebody knows something about it," said Bresee, hoping that finding the truck will lead to the person responsible for the accident.
   According to the police, Cool and a friend were stopped along 180th at about 2:45 a.m. When his truck developed mechanical problems, Cool checked the engine and was struck down by a pickup driving past. He died within three minutes due to massive injuries.

   From vehicle parts found at the scene, police have been able to piece together an identity of the assailants' truck. According to Det. Curt Ladines, Washington State Patrol, Cool was hit by a 1981 to 1987 Chevy or GMC truck with dual rear wheels covered by flared fenders. The pickup is thought to be black or black and tan in color, with a red or orange pinstripe down the side. The vehicle likely has damage to the right front side, passenger-side mirror as well as to the flared fenders over the dual rear-tires.

   Ladines suspects the truck is used for hauling livestock trailers or farm equipment. There are horse and cattle ranches in the area. A witness said the truck, driven by a single occupant, went eastbound on 180th to the traffic light on State Route 9 and turned south after the accident. It reportedly has a loud exhaust. "There is damage to that truck. He [the driver] will have to wash the truck to clean it up," Bresee said.

   Cool was a father of three and grandfather of two. A retired meat cutter, Cool was taking care of his parents who were suffering from Alzheimer's.

   "He is very, very greatly missed, deeply missed," Bresee said.

   Anyone with information is asked to call the Washington State Patrol at (360) 658-2588 or (425) 339-1700.