Update On Hit-And-Run Victim Jeff Kearney: Better, Showing Signs Of Old Self

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Here’s the latest update on Jeff Kearney, the well-known mentally-challenged man who was the victim of a hit-and-run on Nov. 17th in White Center (read our previous coverage here).

According to Debra George, who visits him almost daily at Highline Medical Center’s Specialty Campus in Tukwila:

Jeff is starting to eat by mouth some, but is still very scattered memory wise – it seems to come and go.

He is not able to get up out of bed yet, but he is able to be in a wheelchair.

He had his trach out on Tuesday and he is talking pretty good. He is getting items in his head mixed up but he is saying some of his old lines, such as “whats your name?”

It seems as he tires he gets more confused on who people are and his short term memory is not so good – such as I come in and he says I know you, your Debra George and then a little later in the conversation he tells me to tell Debra hi for him.

Each day it seems to get better, we are hoping they will start to get him up and in physical therapy for his arms and legs next.

– Debra George
Discover Burien, Event Manager

Photo of Jeff Kearney recovering at Highline Medical Center's Specialty Campus by Debra George.

The hit-and-run driver is still at large, there is still a $1,000 reward, and the investigation is continuing. The suspect vehicle had damage to the left front fender, and lost its driver’s side exterior rear-view mirror at the scene. It is probably maroon in color, a Chevrolet or GMC product, 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 you recognize the suspect vehicle or have any leads, please call the King County Sheriff’s Office at (206) 296-3311 (24 hours) or 911.

If you’d like to visit Jeff, he’s taking visitors now at his location at Highline Medical Center’s Specialty Campus, which is located at 12844 Military Rd South in Tukwila (phone: 206-244-0180). Jeff is in room #229.

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5 Responses to “Update On Hit-And-Run Victim Jeff Kearney: Better, Showing Signs Of Old Self”
  1. Seeing Jeff doing better is a nice Christmas present for the whole community. Get well soon Bud.

  2. Joy Henley says:

    Jack said it best! God bless you, Jeff!

  3. Kathy Keene says:

    I agree as well… Way to go Jeff, you get better so I can get a hug or two this summer.

  4. Jay says:

    We’re all pulling for you Jeff. Stay strong and we’ll see you up and about again soon!

  5. Kari B says:

    YAY!!! Keep healing Jeff, we miss your smiling face in Burien!! 🙂

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