Son identifies Renton woman hit by car as his mother



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Posted on July 9, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 9 at 8:21 AM

RENTON – She was a mystery woman in the eyes of Renton Police.  Who was the person stuck in blackberry bramble bushes, the victim of a horrible hit and run collision?

Bruce Allison came upon her on Saturday morning, during his bike ride along Lake Washington Boulevard. 

“She said, 'Can you get me out, I can’t move?'” he recalled. 

Allison, and other onlookers, dug through the brush to get to the woman. Her voice was faint. 

“I asked her what her name was. I heard her say Roz.”

That’s all police had to go on. The woman had no phone, or identification on her.

Police believe a driver, likely under the influence of alcohol, struck the woman around 8:45 a.m. Saturday, and then drove away.  He returned a short time later, was arrested, and booked into the King County Jail.

Alex Stratton saw the story on KING 5 News, and realized who the woman was.

“It could have happened anywhere out there, this could have happened to anyone.  It just happened to be my mom,” he said.

Rozalind Hall, or Roz as some friends call her, was likely out on her typical lakeshore walking path Saturday morning when the incident occurred, according to her son. Stratton says Hall has two broken legs, and two broken arms, but escaped without a head injury.  She’s now in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center, and will require extensive surgery.

Stratton believes the random acts of a few strangers likely saved his mother.

“If they didn’t witness it, she could have been laying in the bushes and no one would have seen her.  She could have died in those bushes,” said Stratton.