Police searching for driver who hit three cars and sped away

Police searching for driver who hit three cars and sped away »Play Video
Here's what's left of Greg Kaphammer's car after he was rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Police are searching for the hit-and-run driver who sped through rush-hour traffic on Highway 14 Wednesday morning.

That driver hit two cars before rear-ending a third car.

People who saw the crash can't believe Greg Kaphammer wasn't more seriously injured. They also can't believe the SUV that hit his car somehow managed to drive away from the crash.

As Kaphammer drove west on Highway 14 Wednesday morning, backed up traffic stopped, but the SUV behind him didn't.

"I heard tires screech, and as I looked in my rearview mirror, that was it," he told KATU News.

The SUV slammed into his car so hard it crumpled the entire back end and spun the car 180 degrees.

"Thankfully, I had a good Samaritan come up and knock on my window and say that he was one of the witnesses," Kaphammer said. "And at first I asked him if he was the driver and he said, 'No, the driver took off. Hit and run. He's gone.'"

Kaphammer's car is totaled.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," said Ron Skov, who saw the crash. "I've never seen a car hit that hard before."

Skov saw it all while riding in a car right behind that hit-and-run SUV.

"I couldn't believe they didn't have the conscience to even stop," he said.

Kaphammer said: "The police told me that he had hit two other vehicles a couple miles back and hit-and-run those vehicles."

Crash investigators believe the SUV is a dark green Toyota 4 Runner with heavy front-end damage.

They know that because the hit-and-run driver left part of his SUV's grille at the crash site.

Searching the web, Kaphammer thinks the 4 Runner's a 1996 through 1998 model and believes that still-unidentified driver is a danger to anyone on the road.

"I don't know if he had been drinking or if he was just in a bad state of mind or what, but he was obviously agitated and shouldn't have been driving," he said.

The hit-and-run suspect's SUV was last seen heading northbound on Interstate 5 through Vancouver. Witnesses say it may have had radiator damage from that last crash.

The SUV left a trail of fluid behind as it drove away.