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OCTOBER 6, 1997

Local News

State patrol still needs help in Clearview fatality

  by Andrew Walgamott
   CLEARVIEW--The Washington State Patrol is still seeking help in locating a 1981-1987 Chevrolet or GMC truck they believe was involved in a hit-and-run pedestrian fatality near Clearview the evening of June 28.
   According to police, 55-year-old Richard Cool of Bothell was standing alongside 180th St. S.E. at about 2:45 a.m. after his truck developed mechanical problems. When Cool checked the engine he was struck down by a pickup driving east. Cool 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 assailant's truck. According to Det. Curt Ladines, Washington State Patrol, Cool was hit by a 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 pin stripe 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. 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. The truck reportedly has a loud exhaust.
   Police suspect the truck is used for hauling livestock trailers or farm equipment. There are horse and cattle ranches in the area. 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.
   Anyone with information is asked to call the Washington State Patrol at (360) 658-2588 or (425) 339-1700.