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Seattle driver beats up man after nearly hitting him and his service dog

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On Friday, Dec. 27, KOMO 4 News reported that a driver attacked a pedestrian after nearly hitting the man and his service dog as they crossed a Seattle street.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the vicious attack occurred last Sunday in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. The police report states that the victim was crossing with the signal at the intersection of 20th Ave. W. and W. Dravus St. around 5:30 p.m. when the driver turned left without yielding.

The police report states that the victim yelled and slapped the door of the car. The driver then stopped, left his vehicle and confronted the man and his service dog.

According to witnesses, the driver missed the man and his service dog by inches. The report further states that the driver and the victim argued before the driver punched the victim multiple times, knocking him to the ground and slamming his head into the street.

The driver got back into his car and left.

Witnesses provided the car's license plate number to the police. Unfortunately, the vehicle was registered to an address in University Place, but had been subject to a car prowl in 2012.

Multiple witnesses tried to help the victim and his service dog. The man was taken to the hospital for a large cut on the back of his head and a possible concussion.

Reports did not state if the service dog sustained any injuries.

Service dogs are a type of assistance dog trained to help people who have a wide range of disabilities, including, but not limited to, hearing impairments, visual difficulties, diabetes, and seizures.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section issued the "ADA 2010 Revised Requirements; Service Animals." It states:

"Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets.

The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA."

Updates to this story will be posted as they occur.

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