Rachael Schmaus was on her way home with her horses just after 2:00pm Monday afternoon when a man struck her vehicle and kept driving. Thankfully both she and the horses are uninjured, “luckily neither of us were hardly moving and he hit the truck, not the trailer,” said Schmaus.
Schmaus was heading east on Auburn Way S/SR-164 and was stopped just past the intersection of 6th St SE. The light for the SR-18 ramps and Auburn Way S was red, and according to Schmaus, she was slowly rolling with traffic. The other vehicle was attempting to get into her lane, but there was no space between the front of her truck and the vehicle in front of her.
“He proceeded to drive into my truck, [hitting] the mirror that attaches to my passenger door,” said Schmaus. The other vehicle left a dent on her truck’s fender above the front passenger tire, as well as paint transfer.
The light turned green shortly after the man hit her car “and he was able to cut in and make the light getting on 18 west,” said Schmaus. Because of her position in line at the intersection, she did not make the light. “I wasn’t in a position to chase him.”
Schmaus describes the other vehicle as a dark-colored four-door sedan with a partial plate of BBX. The driver was an “older [Caucasian] man with grey hair wearing a hat,” described Schmaus.
This incident has been reported to the Auburn Police Department. If you witnessed this incident or believe you know this vehicle or its owner, please contact the Auburn Police Department at (253) 931-3080.