Update On Hit & Run Victim Jeff Kearney; His Birthday Is Saturday & Suspect Is Still At Large

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Just spoke with Debra George, who had a chance Tuesday to visit Jeff Kearney, the well-known, mentally-challenged man who was struck by a hit and run driver last Tuesday (Nov. 17th) in White Center.

“I feel very positive after seeing him,” Debra said late Tuesday morning. “I saw him move his shoulder and grimace in pain at one point, which is a great sign actually – it shows that he is responsive, which is a relief. And as I was leaving, I said out loud: ‘Okay Jeff, I’m going now, so you’d better give me a hug!’ and he actually moved his shoulders.”

Debra gave us more details on Jeff’s current condition:

  • He’s still in Intensive Care at Harborview in serious condition.
  • He’s been taken off the drug-induced coma but has not yet awakened.
  • However, he has shown movement in both his arms and legs, which is a good sign.
  • He’s currently on a respirator because he has contracted pneumonia since being admitted.
  • He has fractures in his pelvis and hip, as well as severe injuries to his jaw, which may actually be broken.

As we reported last week, Kearney, 36, well-known in Burien as part of “Team Clean Sweep,” was crossing 16th Ave SW in the crosswalk at SW 106th in White Center on Tuesday, Nov. 17th around 5:20pm when a vehicle heading southbound on 16th struck him.

Jeff’s legal guardian, Mike Lindorff, apparently didn’t know about the accident until around 8:30pm that night, when he began to get worried that Jeff hadn’t yet returned home. Apparently Jeff was not wearing his usual ID dog tags when he was hit, so he was admitted to Harborview as an unidentified “John Doe” until Mike found out what happened.

Debra spoke to a nurse at Harborview, who told her it could “take a week” or so before Jeff wakes up on his own and gives them a chance to fully analyze his condition.

Jeff’s 37th birthday just happens to be this Saturday, Nov. 28th, and anyone who wishes to send gifts or cards should drop them off at The Mark Restaurant, located at 918 SW 152nd in Olde Burien before closing time Friday night (Nov. 27th); Debra George will then personally deliver them to Jeff.

According to Sgt. John Urquhart of the King County Sheriff’s Department,”we have not located the suspect vehicle or driver. We still want tips from the public.  The vehicle has damage that is specific and significant enough that someone should recognize it.”

Police are still looking for a maroon-colored Chevrolet or GMC SUV/truck that’s missing an exterior side rear-view mirror (and possibly has other front-end damage), and is likely one of the following models:

  • GM or Chevrolet full size pick-up: 1988-1989
  • Blazer or Jimmy: 1992-1994
  • Suburban: 1992-1999
  • GMC Yukon: 1992-1999
  • Chevrolet Tahoe: 1995-1999

If anyone recognizes the suspect vehicle they are asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at (206) 296-3311 (24 hours) or 911.

We here at The B-Town Blog continue to send positive vibes and prayers to Jeff. We are all feeling more positive after speaking with Debra, and are currently visualizing a huge “Welcome Back” party to celebrate a healthy and full recovery for him soon, where we’ll all hug him and tell him how our spouses, children, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers are doing.

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6 Responses to “Update On Hit & Run Victim Jeff Kearney; His Birthday Is Saturday & Suspect Is Still At Large”
  1. Joy Henley says:

    Jeff always talks about Debra and is so fond of her. If Jeff would want anyone by his side, it would be her.

  2. Jay says:

    Oh Jeff… We are all keeping you close to our hearts and praying for a speedy recovery!

  3. lorraine drake says:

    jeff you went to school with jim drake my son he wants you to get better and loves you lorraine drake and jim

  4. jeff we love you lorraine drake and jimmy your school mate

  5. Kathleen Keene says:

    Thank you so much for the update. We have all been very worried about Jeff.

    Jeff…. be prepared, when you get out of the hospital there’ll be a line a mile long waiting to hug you. Get well, my friend.


  6. cheryl lassonde says:

    As a vendor at the Burien Market for the past 5 years, I can say how much help Jeff has been and how much we all enjoy him. He loves hearing what a good job he does, and I look forward to telling him this spring what a good job he is still doing. Hang in there Jeff!!!!

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