According to KIRO News, a homeless person in a tent has been killed after being hit by a car along I-5 in the University District.

Police say the crash happened about 4:45 a.m. Monday when a driver drifted off the northbound I-5 off-ramp to Northeast 50th Street and drove up onto a grassy, wooded median between the freeway and the off-ramp where homeless people were camping.

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Washington State Patrol troopers said the 33-year-old driver ran over the tent in which 19-year-old Walter Burton was sleeping. The driver of the car fled the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol, but was later taken into custody.

Police said the male driver had an odor of alcohol about him and “possibly something else.”  He is suspected of DUI and was taken to Harborview for a blood draw as well as for treatment of an ankle injury and some lacerations.

Kris Olsen with the Washington State Department of Transportation says a team of employees works a few days a week to try to keep property clear of the homeless camps, but over the past year and a half, it’s become an uphill battle.

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