Dori: Mother of Auburn hit-and-run victim says it’s the ‘worst feeling to bury your baby’

When Shannon McLucas-Stratton left Washington state in 2017 because of climbing criminal offense, she never imagined that she would have to return to the point out to bury her daughter, the sufferer of an Auburn hit-and-run.

Caitlin McLucas, 31, died at Harborview Clinical Center, several hours soon after the driver of a stolen car struck the younger woman while she going for walks to catch the bus for work.

McLucas-Stratton achieved out to the Dori Monson Display in an effort to thank the unidentified “good Samaritan” who tracked down the fleeing woman driver and compelled her to return to the scene.

“I can already listen to the emotion in your voice, and it is so extremely comprehensible,” Dori explained to Shannon.

Among sobs, McLucas-Stratton told Dori’s listeners that the hit-and-run driver “has a historical past and she was out there.”

“She had just stolen the automobile four blocks absent, hit (Caitlin) and took off. Thank God a human being saw it and chased her down and took her back again to the scene of the criminal offense,” she stated. “I want to thank him simply because I’m grateful to him mainly because which is so exceptional nowadays.”

McLucas-Stratton has considering the fact that been linked with the good Samaritan who tracked down the driver.

Meanwhile, Caitlin’s spouse and children will obtain Friday early morning for a assistance to rejoice the youthful female, who her mother says “didn’t check with for a lot out of everyday living, but she place a large amount into it.”

“These are these unattainable conversations to have,” Dori mentioned. “Why did you want to get the word out?”

“I was born and elevated in Seattle, lived listed here for 51 yrs,” McLucas-Stratton said. “In 2017, I moved to Alaska simply because (Seattle) started off having a nosedive and no one did everything. And it retains finding worse and worse and even worse.”

“You moved especially to get absent from the crime?” Dori questioned.

“Absolutely,” McLucas-Stratton responded. “My daughter could not even walk her dog following work anymore due to the fact of all the drunks and the addicts. This is not my home. It’s just decayed. It’s not right. I never want any person to have to go via this.”

Automobile thefts, like the one particular that preceded Caitlin’s strike-and-operate death, are up 50% statewide, Dori documented. This will make Washington the third-worst state in the nation for vehicle thefts.

“When I spoke to the (police officer) that day, he reported they have six stolen autos a day – and which is just in Auburn,” McLucas-Stratton additional.

On top rated of all the heartache, Dori informed her: “I so recognize your braveness to get the concept out to individuals.”

“That’s what I want. I want legislation enforced and I want criminals put away,” she stated.

“My coronary heart hurts and I really do not know how to prevent it,” the grieving mother ongoing. “I just really do not would like this on any individual. It is the worst experience ever to bury your newborn.”

Hear to Dori’s interview with Shannon McLucas-Stratton, mom of strike-and-run victim:

Hear to the Dori Monson Present weekday afternoons from noon – 3 p.m. on KIRO Radio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast in this article.

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