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October 17, 2011 7:51 PM

Driver who died after car plunged onto I-5 ID'd

Posted by Jeff Hodson

The King County Medical Examiner's Office identified the driver who was killed Sunday on Interstate 5 in Seattle as Eric Rouleau, 40.

Rouleau was killed after his car struck a guardrail on the 85th Street overpass above I-5 and landed on the freeway's southbound lanes, the State Patrol said. The accident happened at 12:08 a.m.

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October 17, 2011 11:33 AM

UPDATE: Two killed in I-90 crash near Snoqualmie Summit

Posted by John de Leon


STATE PATROL PHOTO

The State Patrol says two people were killed in Monday's traffic accident on Interstate 90.

UPDATE AT 8:36 P.M.: The traffic backup was finally cleared about 7:55 p.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.

UPDATE AT 4:15 P.M.: The state Department of Transportation says eastbound I-90 traffic is moving, but is backed up about seven miles from the Snoqualmie Summit.

ORIGINAL POST:
-- From Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge:

Two people were killed Monday in a traffic pileup on Interstate 90 near Hyak.

Both of the people who were killed were in one of two passenger vehicles involved in the pileup along with two semi-trucks, said State Patrol Lt. Scott Martin.

State Patrol spokeswoman Julie Startup said troopers from the Wenatchee area are at the scene of the accident that occurred just before 11 a.m. I-90 traffic between mileposts 69 and 80 is reduced to one lane each direction, according to the state Department of Transportation.

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October 17, 2011 11:01 AM

Woman struck by car in Seattle crosswalk

Posted by John de Leon

A 73-year-old woman was hospitalized Monday morning after she was struck by a car while crossing a street in Seattle.

The woman was walking in a crosswalk at the intersection of 18th Avenue South and South Main Street around 8 a.m. when she was struck by a smart fortwo car driven by a 29- year-old woman, Seattle police said. The victim was unconscious when medics arrived and she was taken to Harborview Medical Center.


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The driver was screened at the scene by an SPD Drug Recognition Officer, who detected no signs of alcohol or drug use. She was released pending additional investigation, police said.

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October 16, 2011 1:53 PM

Suspect arrested after cars struck in Sodo, Ballard

Posted by Janet Horne


Seattle police arrested a man Saturday night in connection with two hit-and-run incidents in Ballard and SoDo that damaged at least 8 cars.

Detective Mark Jamieson said the first reports of cars being struck occurred around 7:40 p.m. Saturday in SoDo. Four cars were hit in that neighborhood before the driver left the scene.

Police were called again to the 2200 block of N.W. 59th Street in Ballard after the same driver hit at least four cars and tried to drive off, Jamieson said,

The man was arrested at the scene, taken to King County Jail and booked on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Jamieson said.

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October 16, 2011 1:27 PM

Driver dies after car strikes freeway guardrail

Posted by Janet Horne

A 40-year old man died Sunday morning after his car struck a gaurdrail on the 85th Street overpass above Interstate 5, struck a guardrail and came to a rest in the freeway's southbound lanes, the State Patrol said.

The accident happened at about 12:08 a.m.

The driver, whose name has not been released, was not wearing a seatbelt.

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October 13, 2011 9:17 AM

Pedestrian dragged 72 feet by Auburn school bus

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A man crossing an Auburn street was seriously injured Thursday morning when he was struck by a school bus in Auburn.

The pedestrian, described as a man in his 20s, was crossing I Street when he was hit by the Auburn School District bus. He was dragged 72 feet and suffered serious injuries to his head and legs, said Auburn police Cmdr. Mike Hirman. The man was in the crosswalk when he was struck.

"It was a collision; we don't believe any criminal behavior was involved," Hirman said, adding that the bus was empty when the collision occurred.

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October 10, 2011 10:46 PM

Motorcyclist hurt after collision with Ride-the-Duck vehicle

Posted by Jeff Hodson

UPDATE: Police said the motorcycle and tourist vehicle were stopped at a traffic light on Pike Street, with the motorcycle first in line.

When the light turned green, police said, the Ride-the-Duck vehicle moved forward into the intersection, striking the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist became "entangled" on the under-carriage of the vehicle and was dragged across the intersection before clearing the back of the tourist vehicle.

No tickets were issued, which police said is a standard procedure in serious traffic collisions that require extensive investigation.

EARLIER POST: A motorcyclist and a Ride-the-Duck vehicle collided at Third Avenue and Pike Street shortly before 2:30 p.m. Monday, Seattle police said.

A man in his 50s was taken by medics to Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle Fire Department said. The man was conscious at the scene and had been wearing a helmet, said spokesman Kyle Moore.

Witnesses said the Duck, an amphibious tourist vehicle, and the motorcycle were heading east on Pike Street at the intersection of Third, according to Seattle Times desk editor David Rea, who was at the scene.

The witnesses said the motorcycle apparently went under the Duck, and came out the rear, followed by the driver, Rea said. The driver was found about 20 feet from his motorcycle and was in initially in serious condition, Moore said. Harborview spokeswomen Susan Gregg reports that he is now in satisfactory condition.

Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said the intersection was blocked, except for one north-bound bus lane on 3rd Avenue. The Duck was about half full of tourists, according to Rea.


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October 6, 2011 4:29 PM

Man found dead near tracks in Gold Bar identified

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge:

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office has released the name of a man whose body was found near railroad tracks in Gold Bar on Wednesday.

Micheal C. Debere, 32, of Arlington, died of blunt force injuries to the head and neck. The medical examiner's office did not specifically say that Debere had been hit by a train, as was posited by the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, but his death has been ruled accidental.

Debere's body was found on the tracks near the 38300 block of Highway 2 after an individual on a passing train reported seeing it shortly before 5:30 p.m., according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rebecca Hover.


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October 3, 2011 8:14 PM

Man in wheelchair dies after hit by car near Magnolia Bridge

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A 57-year-old man in a wheelchair was struck by a car and killed Sunday while trying to cross 15th Avenue West in Seattle.

Douglas Lefever died in Harborview Medical Center from his injuries, which included a fractured spine, the King County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday.

Seattle police said Lefever was the victim of a hit-and-run driver at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday as he tried to cross at West Garfield Street, near the Magnolia Bridge in Interbay.

The driver failed to yield, police said, striking Lefever and knocking him out of his motorized wheelchair. The driver continued northbound, but a witness reported the driver's license plate to police.

A patrol officer later found the car and driver on 15th Avenue Northwest near Northwest 59th street and followed him. The driver pulled into a driveway, police said, in an apparent attempt to elude the officer.

The man was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault, a felony, police said. Charges could be upgraded now that Lefever has died.

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September 29, 2011 6:28 PM

Car crashes into Redmond foot spa; three injured

Posted by Jeff Hodson

Three people were injured when a Cadillac CTS smashed into a foot spa in Redmond Thursday, police said.

The accident happened shortly after 1:30 p.m. at the Sunshine Foot Spa in the 16800
block of Redmond Way.

Three people -- the driver, an employee and a patron -- were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, Redmond police said.

The driver, a 90 year old male from Redmond, hopped a curb and continued
into the building, through the receptionist area, and came to a complete stop
55 feet into the business, inches away from another employee, police said.

Major damage was done to the business, police said, however a financial estimate was not immediately available.

The driver was arrested for investigation of reckless driving and for investigation of driving under the influence of prescription drugs, police said.

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September 28, 2011 5:13 PM

Man dies from motorcycle crash on West Seattle Bridge

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A 53-year-old man died Wednesday morning from injuries suffered Tuesday when his motorcycle crashed on the West Seattle bridge.

The West Seattle blog identified the victim as Bradly Gilmore of Kitsap County. Gilmore commuted to Bellevue, where he worked for the state Ecology Department, the blog reported.

The King County Medical Examiner's office has not released any information on the case. Gilmore left behind a wife, three sons and a daughter, according the blog.

Seattle police say the accident occurred just before 7 a.m. Tuesday, when a 1998 BMW driven by a 47-year-old woman changed lanes while traveling east on the West Seattle Bridge. Gilmore, riding a 1997 Yamaha motorcycle, "took evasive action by applying heavy rear-braking" that caused the rear wheel to lock, according to a police statement posted by Detective Mark Jamieson.

The accident took place on the downhill grade of the bridge near the northbound Highway 99 exit.

Gilmore suffered head and facial injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center. He died Wednesday morning, Susan Gregg, a hospital spokeswoman, confirmed.

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September 26, 2011 3:23 PM

Gov. Gregoire's vehicle sideswiped in Des Moines

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Andrew Garber:

Gov. Chris Gregoire's vehicle was sideswiped on Interstate 5 when she was returning to Olympia from a Seattle event on Monday afternoon.

No one was injured, or even shaken up in the accident, which happened about 2 p.m. on I-5 near Highway 516 in Des Moines.

Gregoire's Chevrolet Suburban was being driven by a trooper from the State Patrol. which provides a security detail for the governor.

The State Patrol had no other details about the incident, but noted there were numerous traffic accidents Monday because of the rain.


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September 23, 2011 10:35 PM

Car crashes into Lakewood apartment; one injured

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A driver who was later cited crashed his Pontiac Trans Am into a Lakewood apartment Friday afternoon, pinning a man under its front wheel until rescue crews could free him, police said.

The crash occurred at about 4:45 p.m. Friday at the Emerald Village Apartment complex in the 5600 block of Boston Avenue Southwest, Lakewood police said.

The driver told investigators he was driving over a speed bump in the parking lot and pressed on the brake. The car suddenly accelerated, he told police.

The Trans Am ended up almost entirely inside the apartment, police said, pinning a 29-year-old man under its front left wheel. Firefighters from West Pierce Fire and Rescue "shored up" the car to free the man, who suffered cuts and bruises.

The 29-year-old was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The driver of the car, who suffered minor injuries. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

A woman inside the apartment when the car crashed was not injured.

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September 20, 2011 4:29 PM

1 killed, 2 injured after car crashes into Shoreline fabric store

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

A Shoreline woman was killed and two others were critically injured when their vehicle crashed into a fabric store on Aurora Avenue North on Tuesday afternoon.

The three women, all in their 80s, had just left Shari's Restaurant around 1:45 p.m. when their car crashed into the Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts store, which is in the same retail complex as the restaurant in the 15200 block of Aurora Avenue North, said Sgt. John Urquhart of the King County Sheriff's Office, which provides police services to Shoreline.

The front-seat passenger died at the scene, he said. The driver and a second passenger were critically injured and taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, Urquhart said.

Melanie Granfors, a spokeswoman for the Shoreline Fire Department, said there was no major damage to the building and no one inside was injured. According to investigators, the crash may have been due to the driver "mistaking the gas pedal for the brake," she said.


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September 19, 2011 1:13 PM

Victim of Snohomish County crash dies from injuries

Posted by John de Leon

A woman who was hospitalized following a traffic accident Thursday near Arlington died of her injuries over the weekend at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center.

The woman was driving a Subaru wagon that collided with a Ford Explorer around 5 p.m. in the 14300 block of Jordan Road, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. The driver of the Ford, a 21-year-old Snohomish County man, was not seriously injured and was not hospitalized, the Sheriff's Office said.

The victim was in her 50s and lived in Snohomish County, the Sheriff's Office said.

Detectives are asking anyone who witnessed the crash, or saw the two vehicles involved prior to the accident, to call the Sheriff's Office tip line at 425-388-3845.


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September 16, 2011 6:35 PM

Man killed during building demolition is identified

Posted by Jeff Hodson

Artemio Godinez, 41, was identified as the man killed Thursday while working on the 22nd floor of the McGuire building in Belltown.

The King County Medical Examiner's Office said Friday Godinez died accidentally from wounds to his neck.

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September 15, 2011 6:33 PM

Eastbound I-90 reopens 8 hours after fatal multi-vehicle crash

Posted by Jeff Hodson

UPDATE: Eastbound 1-90 was reopened at 11 p.m.

UPDATE: Eastbound I-90 remains closed from Milepost 115 to Milepost 122, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Westbound lanes are open, a dispatcher said.

EARLIER POST: The driver of a semi-tractor trailer was killed and several other motorists were injured Thursday on Interstate 90 east of Ellensburg after two collisions caused by a smoky fire.

The accidents were reported shortly after 3 p.m. after smoke from a fire in the median created limited-to-zero visibility, said Lt. Scott Martin of the State Patrol.

Traffic eastbound on I-90 is is being detoured, adding 15 to 20 minutes to travel time, Martin said.

The truck driver was killed after a collision involving two semis and a passenger car. The second collision involved seven vehicles, he said. Several people were injured and taken to hospitals, Martin said.

Traffic was stopped from Milepost 115 in Kittitas to Milepost 122.


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A truck driver died in this crash on I-90 east of Ellensburg.


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Ten cars piled up in two accidents caused by smoke from a median fire.


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September 14, 2011 8:49 PM

Woman dies, man hit by van at Lakewood swap meet

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A wayward van struck two pedestrians, killing one, before colliding with a pickup ruck and continuing through a parking lot in Lakewood, police said.

The pedestrians were hit at about 5 p.m. Wednesday outside the Starlite Swap Meet at 84th Street and South Tacoma Way, Lakewood police said.

The van, driven by a 62-year-old man, struck two people in a parking lot, collided with a pickup and continued through the lot before coming to a stop in the 3400 block of 84th Street.

Both pedestrians were taken to Tacoma General Hospital, where one, a 51-year-old woman, was declared dead about 6:30 p.m. The other victim, a 47-year-old man, suffered a broken pelvis and broken leg, police said.

Police spokesman Lt. Chris Lawler said in a statement police don't know what caused the accident, or if alcohol or drugs were involved.

The driver of the van and a 57-year-old passenger were being questioned.

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September 10, 2011 9:19 AM

SPD officer suffers minor injuries when struck by car

Posted by John de Leon

A Seattle police officer was struck by a car while directing traffic before Friday night's Mariners game.

The officer was directing traffic at about 6:40 p.m. at the intersection of Occidental Avenue South and Edgar Martinez Drive South when was struck by a Honda Accord traveling west on Edgar Martinez Drive South.

The driver later told police that he did not see the officer because the sun was obscuring his vision. The driver showed no signs of impairment, police said.

The officer was taken to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of leg injuries. He was released later Friday night. Police say he is expected to make a full recovery.

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September 9, 2011 7:48 PM

Motorcyclist dies in Renton after truck collision

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A motorcyclist died Friday in Renton after colliding with a truck, police said.

The accident occurred just before 4 p.m. on Monster Road Southwest. Despite efforts to revive him, the man died at the scene.

Renton police blocked off Monster Road from Southwest 7th Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Way for their investigation.

The driver of the motorcycle -- who was not identified, but was described as about 40 -- was wearing a helmet, police said. Drugs, alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash.

Any witnesses to the collision are asked to call police at (425) 430-7500 and refer to case 11-9124.

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September 8, 2011 7:07 PM

Hiker who died in Mt. Pilchuck fall identified

Posted by Jeff Hodson

The man who fell from a cliff while hiking on Mount Pilchuck earlier this week was identified as Don M. Grant, 29, of Bellingham.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said Grant died of multiple blunt-force injuries from a fall on the mountain Tuesday. The death was ruled an accident.

Grant was hiking with friends but separated from his party on the way down. Search-and-rescue officials said he apparently fell off a 300-foot cliff.

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September 7, 2011 1:12 PM

Woman injured after struck by car in Lynnwood

Posted by Susan Gilmore

-- From Times staff reporter Susan Gilmore:

A 58-year-old Lynnwood woman was injured Tuesday afternoon when she was struck by a car about while she was walking on a sidewalk in the 17900 block of Highway 99.

According to Lynnwood police, the woman was struck by a car driven by an 87-year-old Edmonds man. The driver was leaving a car dealership and didn't see the woman, said police.

The woman was taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

A police news release did not say whether the driver would face a traffic violation, but that the accident is still under investigation.

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September 6, 2011 11:11 PM

Seattle firefighter hit by car

Posted by Jeff Hodson

From Sara Jean Green:

A Seattle firefighter was struck by a car Tuesday night as he tried to get traffic to slow down for a firetruck.

The accident occurred about 6:40 p.m. at East Yesler Way and 28th Avenue. The firefighter had stepped onto Yesler to direct traffic for the fire engine, which was on another call.

A woman driving a car westbound on Yesler was blinded by the sun and struck the officer, said a Seattle police sergeant at the scene. The upper passenger side of the car's windshield was broken from the impact.

The firefighter's condition was not immediately known, but he was not believed to be seriously injured, according to the sergeant.

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September 2, 2011 10:03 PM

Sheriff's deputy slightly injured in collision on I-5

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A King County sheriff's deputy was slightly injured Friday after the car she was driving was struck by another car that had abruptly changed lanes on southbound Interstate 5 near the Convention Center.

The deputy, who was not identified, was taken to Harborview Medical Center as a precaution, the State Patrol said. "The injuries were minor, nothing serious," said Trooper Julie Startup.

The accident occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m. The driver, a 56-year-old woman from Newcastle, was taken into custody for investigation of possible DUI, Startup said.

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September 2, 2011 6:51 PM

Seattle man dies from injuries in I-5 motorcycle crash

Posted by Jeff Hodson

The Seattle man who was thrown from his motorcycle on Interstate 5 to the Michigan Street off-ramp has died from his injuries, the King County Medical Examiner's Office said Friday.

David Mitchell, 40, died of blunt force injuries of the head and torso. Mitchell was thrown from his motorcycle Wednesday when it crashed into the guardrail of the northbound HOV lane. He fell about 25 feet to the ramp below, according to the State Patrol.

The accident occurred just before 9 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-5, north of the Michigan Street exit.

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September 2, 2011 5:50 PM

Man in traffic accident arrested in connection with slaying

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

UPDATE: The 19-year-old told detectives he stabbed the man, said Cmdr. Stan McCall. The suspect is being booked into the King County Jail for investigation of murder.

The suspect was an acquaintance of the victim, McCall said.

Crime scene and forensic teams are collecting evidence and the King County Medical Examiner's Office took custody of the body.

EARLIER POST: A 19-year-old man who was involved in a traffic crash in Federal Way on Friday morning was arrested for investigation of homicide after police found dried blood on him.

Federal Way police said they were dispatched to a collision in the 30400 block of 28th Avenue South shortly before 7 a.m. Officers said they spoke to the man accused of causing the crash and noticed dried blood on his clothing -- blood that did not appear to be related to the crash.

Police went to the address linked to the vehicle's registration and found a man dead of apparent stab wounds, McCall said. The slain man has not been positively identified, McCall said.

The relationship between the 19 year-old suspect and the slain man has not been released by police.

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September 2, 2011 5:25 PM

Everett woman identified in fatal motorcycle crash

Posted by Jeff Hodson

Sommarly Suon was identified Friday as the 26-year-old Everett woman who died in a motorcycle crash Wednesday in Bellevue.

Suon was thrown from a motorcycle on which she was a passenger after the vehicle struck the left barrier of the southbound HOV bypass ramp from Interstate 405 to Interstate 90.

Both she and the driver of the motorcycle, a 20-year-old Bothell man, were ejected and landed on the Bellevue Way ramp to the express lanes. Both were taken to Harborview Medical Center, where Suon was declared dead from blunt force injuries to her head and torso, the King County Medical Examiner's Office said Friday.

The 20-year-old remained in critical condition Friday.

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August 31, 2011 9:58 PM

Everett woman dies from motorcycle crash in Bellevue

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A 26-year-old Everett woman died Wednesday evening after she and the driver of a motorcycle they were on were thrown from the bike at Interstates 405 and 90 in Bellevue.

The motorcycle, a 2004 Aprilia, was on the southbound HOV bypass ramp from I-405 to westbound I-90 when it struck the left barrier of the freeway, the State Patrol said. Both riders were ejected onto the Bellevue Way ramp to the express lanes.

The accident occurred just before 7 p.m. Several lanes of traffic were temporarily closed
during the investigation.

Both riders were taken to Harborview Medical Center, where the woman was declared dead. The condition of the driver of the motorcycle, a 20-year-old Bothell man, was not immediately known.

Both riders were wearing helmets, police said. The accident is under investigation.

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August 31, 2011 6:01 PM

Motorcyclist seriously injured on Interstate 5 in Seattle

Posted by Jeff Hodson


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The Ducati Monster

A motorcyclist in Seattle who lost control of his bike on Wednesday was thrown from Interstate 5 and onto the Michigan Street off-ramp below -- a fall of about 25 feet.

The 40-year-old Seattle man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, said Trooper Julie Startup of the State Patrol.

The accident occurred just before 9 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-5, north of the Michigan Street exit. The rider struck the left-side guardrail and was thrown from his 2011 Ducati Monster 696.

The accident is under investigation.

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August 30, 2011 9:09 PM

Seattle police arrest woman in road-rage incident

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A 28-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday after she waved a gun at another motorist following a collision in the 2800 block of MLK Jr. Way South in Seattle, police said.

The woman drove her vehicle into the front quarter panel of another car driven by a 34-year-old woman, police said. Both drivers pulled into a parking lot, and the 28-year-old had a gun in her hand and started yelling at the other woman, police said.

"After several words were exchanged, the victim [the 34-year-old] called 911 and the suspect placed her gun under the driver's seat of her own car," Det. Mark Jamieson wrote on the Seattle Police Department blotter.

The 28-year-old began throwing punches, but the victim told police that none of them landed. The 28-year-old told police she had a 9 mm gun but said she had a permit for it.

She was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of unlawful use of a weapon to intimidate, police said.

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August 27, 2011 5:57 AM

One dead in two-car collision on I-5 in Seattle

Posted by John de Leon

One person was killed and a second was injured early Saturday morning in a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 5 in Seattle.

The State Patrol said the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro was heading north on I-5 just north of Michigan Street at 1:54 a.m. when he collided with a Mazda pickup driven by Jose Vasquez -Ruiz. The force of the collision caused the pickup to roll over onto its side, the State Patrol said.

The driver of the Camaro, a male whose name was not immediately released, was killed. Vasquez-Ruiz, 26, of Federal Way, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with undisclosed injuries.

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August 24, 2011 7:21 PM

Lynnwood rollover injures one, closes freeway off-ramp

Posted by Jeff Hodson


A truck ran a red light Wednesday and struck two cars, rolling over onto one of them, Lynnwood police said.

The accident occurred before 1 p.m. and closed the northbound off-ramp from Interstate 5 to 44th Avenue West for several hours, said Shannon Sessions, spokeswoman for the Lynnwood Police Department.

The driver of the truck, a 33-year-old Seattle man, was taken to Swedish Edmonds Hospital, where he was treated and released for minor injuries. The drivers of the other two cars were not hurt, but needed to be extricated by Lynnwood firefighters with hydraulic tools.

The driver of a Pontiac Grand Am, the rear of which appeared to be crushed by the truck, was identified as a 47-year-old Bothell woman.There no passengers in her back seat.

The driver of the third vehicle, a Ford Ranger, was a 50-year-old Mountlake Terrace man. "While this collision looked quite spectacular, there were no other serious injuries at all," Sessions said.

The off-ramp and four blocks of 44th Avenue West were closed to all traffic for a couple of hours, Sessions said. The accident is under investigation.

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August 24, 2011 5:15 PM

Covington woman dies 9 days after Auburn crash

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A woman who was ejected from her car after a high-speed crash in Auburn has died.

The woman, Lyudmila A. Kozachenko, 21, of Covington, died Monday, nine days after the single-car accident, the King County Medical Examiner's Office said this week.

Kozachenko was ejected through her car's sun roof at about 7:15 p.m. Aug. 13 on 132nd Way Southeast, about 75 feet east of 129th Avenue Southeast, said Auburn Police Cmdr. Scott Near.

Kozachenko lost control of her 2002 Toyota Celica while driving downhill, he said. The car struck an embankment and rolled over.

Kozachenko suffered extensive head injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center. Drugs and alcohol were factors in the crash, Near said.

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August 22, 2011 9:55 PM

Taxi driver attacked by passenger with stun gun

Posted by Jeff Hodson

Seattle police on Monday arrested a 25-year-old man they say attacked a taxi driver with a stun gun, causing him to lose control and crash into a parked car.

The attack occured about 2 a.m. after the suspect got into the taxi near Alaska Junction in West Seattle. After several blocks, the suspect grabbed the driver from behind and pressed a stun gun into his side, firing three to four times, Seattle police Det. Mark Jamieson says in the Police Department's blog.

The driver lost control and struck a car parked in the 4600 block of Southwest Frontenac Street. The driver and suspect wrestled, and the suspect ran off.

The driver gave chase, but the suspect jumped over a fence and disappeared.

A K-9 team found the man hiding under a van parked several blocks away. He was later booked into King County Jail, Jamieson said

The driver refused medical attention, but had a series of red, raised welts near his belt line above his right hip, Jamieson said.


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August 19, 2011 10:16 AM

Driver ends up in precarious spot after Bellevue wreck

Posted by John de Leon


BELLEVUE POLICE DEPARTMENT PHOTO

The driver of this car ended up in a precarious position following a traffic accident Friday morning in Bellevue.

The driver wasn't seriously hurt Friday when this car was driven up a utility pole guy wire.

The driver was heading west on Lake Washington Boulevard, preparing to turn left onto Overlake Drive, but failed to yield to oncoming traffic. Bellevue police said the driver overcorrected and drove up the guy wire.

The driver was taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center as a precautionary move.

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August 18, 2011 6:49 PM

Parachutist dies after crash-landing near Snohomish

Posted by Jeff Hodson

LATEST NEWS: The man has died, according to Snohomish Fire District officials. The Associated Press says he has been identified as Cal B. McKibbon, 51, of Lynden, Whatcom County.

UPDATE: The man's main parachute didn't work, so he cut it free, witnesses told officials.

The reserve chute came out, but it was tangled and the man spiraled down hard on the gravel bed of the Pilchuck River, said Battalion Chief Craig Heike of Snohomish Fire District 4.

The accident occurred at 2:47 p.m. Medics performed CPR on the man just before he was airlifted to Harborview, Heike said.

The man was described as in his 40s. He had been jumping with the Snohomish Parachute Center, Heike said.

EARLIER POST: A parachutist who crash-landed in the city of Snohomish Wednesday afternoon is listed in critical condition at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, authorities said.

Officials from Snohomish Fire District 4 were responding to the accident.

The parachutist apparently crash-landed near 92nd Street Southeast by the Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital, according to Monroe Fire District 3, which sent an engine to the rescue.

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August 18, 2011 2:46 PM

Crash victim's body found; could be missing Lake Stevens man

Posted by John de Leon


LAKE STEVENS POLICE

Edward Joseph Kirgan

The victim of a motorcycle crash that may have occurred days ago was found Thursday morning near the town of Snohomish, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

A passerby found a wrecked motorcycle at about 10:19 a.m. in a deep ditch in the 8200 block of Marsh Road. Authorities arrived and discovered the man's body in the ditch. Sheriff's detectives don't know exactly how long the body had been there.

The Sheriff's Office says the body could be that of a man reported missing Aug. 7 after leaving a Bothell bar. The county's medical examiner office will verify the victim's name.

Edward Joseph Kirgan was last seen about 6 p.m. leaving Bert's Tavern in Bothell at 17902 Bothell-Everett Highway. He is 5-feet-7 and weighs about 230 pounds. He was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans, black riding boots and was driving a 1997 Honda VTX motorcycle with Washington license number 0B3892.


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August 16, 2011 7:45 PM

Motorcyclist dies in crash near Black Diamond

Posted by Jeff Hodson

UPDATE: The motorcyclist has died, the King County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. He was 56 years old but his identity was not released.

He was struck by a 2007 Ford van driven by a 24-year-old man from Kent, said Deputy Travis DeFries. The van, heading north on 228th Avenue Southeast, turned left into the path of the victim's 2006 Yamaha motorcycle.

The accident is still under investigation, DeFries said.

PREVIOUS POST: A motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries after he collided with a van about 6:30 p.m. Thursday near Black Diamond, King County.

The accident occurred in the 3100 block of 228th Avenue Southeast. The motorcyclist was driving south when he collided head-on with a white, full-sized van that was turning left, said Kent Fire Department Captain Kyle Ohashi.

The motorcyclist, described as an adult male who was wearing a helmet, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The King County Sheriff's Office is investigating, Ohashi said.

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August 13, 2011 5:08 PM

Injured teen airlifted from Cascades

Posted by John de Leon

From The Associated Press:

GRANITE FALLS - A teenage girl has been airlifted to a hospital after breaking her wrist and hurting her leg in a fall in the Cascade Mountains.

KOMO-TV reports the 15-year-old was hiking with a church group Saturday afternoon in the Robe Canyon area off Mountain Loop Highway when she slid down an embankment.

The helicopter was brought in due to the rugged terrain. Her father, Robert Griffin, says she's in good spirits.

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August 12, 2011 9:52 PM

Motorcyclist critically hurt in Burien crash

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries Friday night after he crashed his vehicle on Highway 509 in Burien, the Washington State Patrol said.

The man, who was not identified, was traveling at a high rate of speed shortly after 9 p.m. when he lost control and crashed his motorcycle near Highway 518, Trooper George Englebright said.

No other cars were involved in the crash, but all southbound lanes on the highway were closed during the accident investigation. The motorcyclist was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash, Englebright said.

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August 11, 2011 9:35 PM

No serious injuries in fiery crash in Federal Way

Posted by Jeff Hodson

Four vehicles erupted into flames following a seven-vehicle pileup on Interstate 5 in Federal Way on Thursday, but no one was seriously hurt.

The chain-reaction accident occurred at 5:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes just north of Porter Way. Traffic up was backed up for roughly three miles, said State Patrol Trooper Cliff Pratt. One of the vehicles was a truck.

The accident was caused by someone following too closely, Pratt said. A couple of minor injuries were reported. "Luckily, nobody was seriously hurt by the flames," Pratt said.

At one point, only the car-pool lane was open.

All lanes reopened at about 7:40 p.m.

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August 9, 2011 12:11 AM

Vehicle hits patrol car parked on I-5; trooper injured

Posted by Jeff Hodson

UPDATE AT 5:56 A.M. TUESDAY: The State Patrol says the injured trooper, Chris Caiola, suffered bumps and bruises and is expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday. Buster, a narcotics K-9 in Caiola's patrol car, was not injured.

The driver of the car that struck the trooper's patrol car was processed for suspicion of DUI. She was to be booked into the Snohomish County Jail.

ORIGINAL POST:

A state trooper was injured when his patrol car was struck while parked on the shoulder of Interstate 5 in Lynnwood late Monday.

The accident ended up closing all southbound lanes.

A passing vehicle struck the left side of the patrol car about 10:45 p.m. just south of 196th Street Southwest, said Trooper Keith Leary.

The injured trooper was transported to Harborview Medical Center, Leary said. The driver of the other vehicle was questioned at the scene.

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August 8, 2011 11:31 AM

Man suffers life-threatening injury in Bainbridge Island crash

Posted by John de Leon

UPDATE AT 5:29 P.M.: Bainbridge Island police say the injured man, identified as Jackson Stewart of Bainbridge Island, is in critical but stable condition at Harborview Medical Center.

ORIGINAL POST:

-- From Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge:

An 18-year-old man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries after the car he was riding in struck a large tree early Monday morning on Bainbridge Island.

According to Bainbridge Island police, the accident happened at 2:22 a.m in the 8000 block of West Port Madison Road. Police said their initial investigation indicates the driver tried to negotiate a right-hand turn on West Port Madison Road at a high rate of speed when the vehicle crossed the median into the oncoming traffic lane, then left the roadway and collided with a large redwood.

An 18-year-old man in the backseat suffered a serious head injury, police said. The driver, an 18-year-old woman, complained of pain.

Police said speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

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August 6, 2011 8:38 AM

Motorcyclist killed in I-5 crash in Snohomish County

Posted by John de Leon

A 55-year-old man was killed Friday night when he lost control of his motorcycle as he was getting on Interstate 5 near Silvana in North Snohomish County, according to the State Patrol.

The man was getting on southbound I-5 from 236th Street Northeast just before midnight when he crashed on the onramp. The man was ejected, according to a State Patrol report.

The man's identity has not been released.

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August 4, 2011 7:36 PM

Cyclist badly hurt after being struck by vehicle in Renton

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A bicyclist was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured near Renton Memorial Stadium on Thursday.

Medics found the cyclist unconscious and unresponsive, and took him to a hospital. The accident happened at 5:06 p.m. in the 200 block of Logan Avenue North, according to a Renton police statement.

Police said the cyclist appeared to have been "riding across lanes of traffic on Logan mid-block, when a vehicle traveling on Logan struck him." The vehicle, which was not identified, was going the speed limit, police said.

The cyclist was not wearing a helmet. More information will be made available, police said.

Any witnesses to the collision should contact the Renton Police Department at 425-430-7500, reference Case 11-7803.

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August 4, 2011 7:12 PM

Kent man accidentally shoots self in groin

Posted by Jeff Hodson

Kent police said a man accidentally shot himself in the groin on Thursday.

The accident happened late afternoon inside an East Kent apartment near Lake Meridian, said Police Lt. Pat Lowery.

"The resident was manipulating a personally owned handgun in the belief it was unloaded," Lowery said. "The gun went off, a single round striking the man in the groin."

The man was sent to Valley Medical Center for treatment, but his injury was not life threatening, Lowery said. Police do not expect the man to be charged. No other details were available.

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August 3, 2011 1:23 PM

Memorial fund created for bicyclist killed in hit and run

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge:

A memorial fund for the family of photographer Michael Wang, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident last week, has been established by colleagues.

Wang, 44, a photographer at PATH, a global health nonprofit in Seattle, was headed north on Dexter Avenue North in Seattle shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday when he was struck by an SUV that was making a left turn onto Thomas Street, police said.

The driver of the vehicle -- which was described as a mid-1990s to mid-2000s beige to brown colored American-made SUV, possibly with tinted windows and a chrome roof rack -- fled and has not been identified, according to police. Police say there may be some "slight or moderate" damage to the vehicle's front end.

"A detective has been assigned but the driver has not been found," Seattle Police Department spokesman Mark Jamieson said Wednesday. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Detective Bacon at 206-684-8932.

Wang had been commuting by bicycle to his Shoreline home for several years, according to his wife Claire Allen. He is also survived by two children: Walter, 12, and Sylvie, 9.

Donations to Wang's memorial fund can be dropped off at any branch of BECU credit union or may be sent to:

Mike Wang family
c/o BECU
PO Box 34044
Seattle, WA 98124-1044

Additional information can be be found on PATH's website by clicking here.

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August 2, 2011 10:30 PM

Bellevue woman, 43, killed in Pa. traffic accident

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A 43-year-old Bellevue woman was struck and killed by a state dump truck Tuesday in Perry County, Pennsylvania, according to CBS 21 News, a network TV affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa.

Hui Satorius was riding in a 2001 Crown Victoria driven by her husband, Dale Satorius, when the driver of the dump truck made a U-turn and struck the car, the station reported, citing Pennsylvania state police. The accident occurred about 11 a.m. in the 3000 block of the Susquehanna Trail, a state highway in Duncannon, Pa.

In the back seat were two children, a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. The girl was critically injured and was flown to Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., CBS 21 reported. The boy was not injured. The driver of the car suffered minor injuries, the TV station reported. All passengers were wearing seat belts.

The driver and a passenger of the dump truck were not injured. The crash is under investigation.

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July 29, 2011 5:20 PM

Lynnwood boy, 5, badly burned playing with nail polish, lighter

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A 5-year-old Lynnwood boy was in critical condition Friday after suffering serious burns while playing with fingernail-polish remover and a lighter earlier in the week, firefighters said.

The boy suffered burns over 30 percent of his body on Wednesday morning and was taken to Harborview Medical Center, said Captain Larry Hadland of the Lynnwood Fire Department.

The boy's mother was home with him at the time and called 911. Police, fire and medic crews from Lynnwood and Snohomish County responded to the apartment in the 19700 block of 68th Avenue West.

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July 28, 2011 4:54 PM

Bicyclist struck by hit-and-run SUV in Seattle

Posted by Jeff Hodson

2nd UPDATE: KOMO TV is now quoting Mayor Mike McGinn saying the cyclist has NOT died.


UPDATE: KING-TV is reporting the cyclist has died.

A doctor at the scene performed CPR but the cyclist appeared to be in "bad condition," Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said.

Harborview Medical Center would not confirm whether the cyclist had died.

Seattle police described the SUV as brown, American-made, with tinted windows and a chrome roof rack.

ORIGINAL POST: A bicyclist was struck and critically injured by an SUV at at 3:44 p.m. Thursday on Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street in Seattle, police say.

The SUV sped away and the cyclist was taken to Harborview Medical Center, said Seattle Police Department spokesman Jeff Kappel. Police have blocked off the streets while they conduct their investigation, he said.

No details were immediately available on the type of SUV.

More information will be added as it becomes available.

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July 27, 2011 8:22 PM

Puyallup man dies 10 days after motorcycle crash in Auburn

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A 54-year-old Puyallup man died Wednesday, 10 days after he was injured in a motorcycle accident in Auburn, state police said.

Danny G. Hackler was traveling south on Highway 167 to westbound Highway 18 at about 8 p.m. July 17 when his motorcycle struck a barrier on the left side, vaulting him and his bike onto the ramp, state police said. No other vehicles were involved.

Hackler, who had been wearing a helmet, was taken to Harborview Medical Center. He was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon. No other details on the crash were available.

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July 26, 2011 10:48 PM

Witnesses sought in fatal 15-vehicle crash on I-90 last week

Posted by Jeff Hodson

Washington State Police are seeking additional witnesses to the 15-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 last week in Bellevue that claimed the life of a 9-year-old girl.

The accident occurred at I-90 and Interstate 405 during the morning rush hour on July 20. A semi-tractor trailer jacknifed into a logging truck, causing 13 cars to pile up. Rachel Beckwith was fatally injured in the crash and taken off life support on Saturday.

Anyone with information who has not been in contact with investigators is asked to call Detective Greg Wilcoxson at 360-805-1195 or Detective Jeff Maijala at 425-401-7742

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July 22, 2011 5:22 PM

Bicyclist killed in Kirkland

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A bicyclist was struck and killed from behind by a pickup truck Friday afternoon in Kirkland, police said.

The fatal accident happened at 3:45 p.m. in the 8600 block of Northeast Juanita Drive, as the cyclist was riding north.

Medics tried to revive the cyclist, but he had severe injuries and died at the scene. The man had no identification but appeared to be in his 40s or 50s, said Det. Allan O'Neill.

After the pickup struck the bicyclist, it appears to have hit a pole. The driver of the pickup is 18 years old.

O'Neill said no drugs or alcohol were involved, and that the driver was not texting or using his cellphone. He could not say whether speed was a factor, or if the cyclist was wearing a helmet.

Police closed Northeast Juanita Drive during their investigation.

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July 14, 2011 11:29 AM

UPDATE: One killed in head-on crash on Highway 2 in Gold Bar

Posted by John de Leon

UPDATE AT 5:25 P.M.: Highway 2 has reopened in Gold Bar.

UPDATE AT 12:44 P.M.: The Ford Focus was headed west when it reportedly crossed the center line and struck the Chrysler van head on. The male driver of the Ford was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only one in the Ford, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Seven people were in the Chrysler van, which was headed east on Highway 2. One victim was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Three were taken by aid car to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. Three were taken by aid car to Valley General Hospital in Monroe.

The Sheriff's Office says the people in the van were vacationing from out of state and were headed to Leavenworth.

Traffic is backed up in both directions. The Sheriff's Office is trying to get traffic around on a dirt/gravel roadway, but drivers should expect backups for quite awhile or avoid the area if possible.

ORIGINAL POST: The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office says one man was killed and several other people have been injured in a head-on crash in Gold Bar.

The crash, involving a van and a passenger car, happened shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday on Highway 2 near First Street. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and two other people are being airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Rebecca Hover. Two others are being taken to Everett hospitals, she said.

The highway will be closed in both directions during the investigation, according to Hover.

We'll update this post as soon as we have more information.


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July 12, 2011 10:49 PM

Woman's effort to save ducks on I-5 causes truck to jacknife

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A woman who stopped to save ducks and ducklings on southbound Interstate 5 in Lynnwood Thursday night caused a semi-tractor trailer to swerve into her car, blocking three lanes, state police said.

The woman, who was not identified, stopped early Thursday evening just south of 44th Avenue when she spotted ducks and ducklings on the shoulder. The woman parked on the freeway's right shoulder and began chasing the ducks.

Police said the woman walked onto the right southbound lane to get cars to stop. A semi swerved to avoid her but struck her parked car and jacknifed. Another car was sideswiped. At least two of the ducks were killed. No people were injured.

"As much as we all love animals, citizens should not stop and attempt to corral animals on the freeway," said state trooper Keith Leary. "In this case we are lucky there are no injuries. This could have easily been a fatal collision."

Traffic passed on the HOV lane. The woman faces possible charges of disorderly conduct, Leary said. All lanes were reported open shortly before 10 p.m.

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July 12, 2011 9:22 PM

2-year-old from Snohomish County killed in California

Posted by Cathy McLain

From The Associated Press

CASTELLA, Calif. A 2-year-old from Snohomish County has died after being struck by a car in a Northern California gas station parking lot.

California Highway Patrol Officer Bill Lynam says the boy may have been following his siblings into the store Monday morning when he was hit.

The family had stopped at the gas station in Castella, a small town in Shasta County.

The Record Searchlight of Redding reports that investigators are not releasing the names of any drivers involved because authorities have not yet determined which car hit the boy. The names of the victim and his family were also not released.

The boy was pronounced dead at a Mount Shasta hospital after being transported by ambulance.

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July 6, 2011 1:59 PM

Fireworks injuries keep Harborview staff busy

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

Twenty-seven people were treated for fireworks-related injuries at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center between Saturday and noon Wednesday, according to hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg.

Of those, at least 17 were admitted as patients, including a teenager who lost a finger on the Fourth of July when a home-made firework blew up in his hand at a Queen Anne park, she said.

"The majority had finger or hand injuries," Gregg said of the patients injured by pyrotechnics.

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July 4, 2011 8:41 AM

Pedestrian struck, killed on Highway 99 near Everett

Posted by John de Leon

A woman was killed Sunday night when she was hit by a vehicle while crossing Highway 99 south of Everett, according to the State Patrol.

The woman was crossing the street just south of Airport Road around 11:13 p.m. when she was struck by a minivan driven by a 43-year-old Everett man. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was not hurt.

The woman's name was not released as of Monday morning. The driver was not cited, according to the State Patrol.


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July 2, 2011 6:57 AM

One killed, three injured in Auburn crash

Posted by John de Leon

One person was killed and three others were injured in a single-car crash early Saturday morning in Auburn, according to the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

The victims were riding in a car that collided with a bridge structure in the 3000 block of R Street Southeast just before 4 a.m. One person, a passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene and three others were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries.

Auburn police are investigating the cause of the crash.

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June 20, 2011 5:51 PM

Man trapped by falling car batteries in South Lake Union building

Posted by Susan Gilmore

A University of Washington employee was injured Monday morning when a cart holding 3,000 pounds of batteries fell on him, trapping his arm and leg.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was working in the basement of a building near the corner of Ninth Avenue and Republican Street when the battery cart fell on him, according to Deputy Chief James Woodbury with the Seattle Fire Department. The man said he didn't know why the cart tipped over.

Woodbury said the cart was filled with car-sized batteries. The man, who did not suffer life-threatening injuries, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

"All things considered, we're pretty lucky," said Woodbury.

He said the man was trapped for about 15 minutes before the fire department arrived. He was aided by paramedics before the batteries could be lifted off of him.

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June 17, 2011 11:51 AM

14-year-old driver causes wreck on I-5 near Tukwila

Posted by John de Leon

This kid has a lot of explaining to do.

The State Patrol says a 14-year-old boy, driving his mother's car without her knowledge, caused a three-car wreck Thursday in the Tukwila area.

The boy was driving on Interstate 5 near I-405 with his girlfriend, also 14, in a Toyota Celica around noon when he made a reckless lane change while weaving through traffic. A witness told troopers he had been driving around 65 mph when the kid passed him "like it was standing still."

The Celica hit the right rear of a Toyota Tundra, sending both vehicles across the lanes and into the right barrier. The Tundra then hit a Plymouth Voyager. After striking the barrier, the Celica came to a stop, blocking a lane.

The 14-year-old tried to drive off, but lost control of the car and hit the barrier again.

The driver of the Tundra suffered minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The underage driver is under investigation for reckless driving, hit and run, and driving without a valid driver's license and driving without insurance. Due to his age, the driver was released to his mother's custody.

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June 16, 2011 1:34 PM

Pedestrian killed in Snohomish County identified

Posted by John de Leon

The pedestrian killed Wednesday when he was struck by a car on Highway 99 in Snohomish County has been identified as Mickey D. Bowen of Everett.

Witnesses say the 71-year-old Everett man was trying to cross the highway when he tripped and fell in the southbound lane, said State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary. The driver of a Honda Accord tried to brake but was unable to avoid hitting the pedestrian around 4:15 p.m., he said. The driver, who is from Everett, was not injured.

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June 9, 2011 2:37 PM

UPDATE: Seattle police motorcycle officer involved in collision

Posted by John de Leon

UPDATE at 3:14 P.M: The motorcycle officer suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. There were no other injuries, according to Seattle police.

ORIGINAL POST:
-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

A Seattle police motorcycle officer was involved in a collision at North 35th Street and Densmore Avenue North at about 2:25 p.m. Thursday, a police spokesman said.

Medics with the Seattle Fire Department are on scene, said spokesman Mark Jamieson. It was not immediately known if the officer was injured or if any other vehicles were involved, he said.

We'll update this post as soon as we have more information.


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June 8, 2011 2:40 PM

UPDATE: Man injured in crash near Lake Washington

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter J.B. Wogan:

One man suffered non-life-threatening injuries when the car he was driving crashed a few feet from Lake Washington in South Seattle.

The crash happened about 2:13 p.m. in the 9700 block of Rainier Avenue South. The car apparently went 20 feet down an embankment and struck a building just a few feet from the lake.

Initially, the man told police that there were other people in the car, which prompted a search of the lake in case someone had been ejected into the water. However, police and fire crews later learned there was only one person in the car.


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June 6, 2011 11:18 AM

UPDATED: Mercer Island man dies of injuries from May traffic accident

Posted by John de Leon

Story has been updated to include the name of the man who died.

A Mercer Island man died Saturday from injuries he suffered in a May 23 traffic accident in Bellevue, according to Officer Carla Iafrate of the Bellevue Police Department.

The accident happened just before 3 p.m. at Bellevue Way Southeast near the freeway off ramp from Interstate 90.

Steven Scott Bremner, 60, was pulling onto Bellevue Way Southeast from the Sweyolocken boat ramp when his car was struck by a flatbed truck traveling north on Bellevue Way Southeast. The driver of the flatbed truck was not injured.

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May 25, 2011 5:57 AM

MyEdmondsNews: Diver dies 2 weeks before retirement

Posted by John de Leon

The 56-year-old man who died Saturday after diving at the Edmonds Underwater Park was doing practice dives in preparation for harvesting geoducks in Hood Canal, his son told Times news partner MyEdmondsNews.com.

After Frank Dold Sr. lost consciousness during a dive, his son, Frank Dold Jr., 36, attempted to perform CPR on his father as he was bringing him to shore, Edmonds police said. CPR efforts were continued by paramedics at Brackett's Landing beach, but the older Dold could not be revived.

Dold Jr. said that his father had just turned in his retirement papers at Gai's Bakery in Seattle, and was looking forward to enjoying "all the things he had always wanted to do," including scuba diving. The elder Dold was two weeks from retirement when he died.

He had waited an extra year to retire to ensure that two of his children had health insurance, his son told MyEdmondsNews.

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May 24, 2011 5:50 AM

Driver severely injured in crash at Ballard Locks

Posted by John de Leon

A driver suffered life-threatening injuries early Tuesday morning when her car crashed into the metal gates at the entrance to the Ballard Locks, Seattle police said.


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Police responded to the crash near 32nd Avenue Northwest and Northwest 54th Street around 12:15 a.m. The driver, a female in her late teens to early 20s, was driving south on 32nd Avenue Northwest when she crashed into the gates, according to a police report.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Police said it wasn't immediately known if alcohol or drugs contributed to the single-vehicle crash.

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May 23, 2011 6:08 PM

Driver injured in collision with truck in Bellevue

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

Bellevue police are investigating an injury collision that closed a section of Bellevue Way Southeast for much of Monday afternoon.

The driver of a 1999 BMW 528i was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries following a collision with a flatbed truck just before 3 p.m., Lt. Marcia Harnden said in a news release.

Police believe that the BMW driver, a 61-year-old man from Mercer Island, was pulling out of the Sweyolocken boat launch in the 3000 block of Bellevue Way Southeast when it was struck by a northbound Mitsubishi flatbed truck, Harnden said in the release. The truck broadsided the driver's side of the BMW. The truck driver was not hurt.

Northbound Bellevue Way Southeast was still closed as of 5:30 p.m., while one lane of southbound Bellevue Way Southeast was open to traffic.

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May 18, 2011 6:26 PM

Kent man severely injured in fall from moving car

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

Kent firefighters say it appears "horse play" between friends resulted in one young man suffering potentially life-threatening injuries on Wednesday afternoon

Around 4:20 p.m., police and medics were called to the 27000 block of 128th Place Southeast after a young man fell off the back of a moving vehicle, said Kent Fire Department Capt. Kyle Ohashi. Moments earlier, the vehicle had stopped in the street so the occupants could talk to the man, who is in his late teens. Right before or just as the vehicle was pulling away, the man jumped on the trunk of the car, Ohashi said. The man fell off the car and was injured.


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The man was transported to a nearby fire station and from there was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

According to Ohashi, Kent police determined that the incident was a tragic accident. No charges will be filed, he said.

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May 11, 2011 5:40 AM

Man struck, killed by train in Marysville

Posted by John de Leon

A man was struck and killed by a freight train early Wednesday morning in Marysville in what police are calling a likely suicide.

The man was struck just after 3 a.m. He has yet to be identified, according to police.

Marysville detectives as well as investigators with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway are at the scene. The train has been stopped just north of Fourth Street for the investigation, according to police.


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May 9, 2011 2:02 PM

Car crashes through elevator shaft at Seattle medical center

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

A woman in her 60s was taken to a Seattle hospital as a precaution after her car crashed through sheetrock and fell about 10 feet into an elevator shaft in an underground parking garage on the Virginia Mason Medical Center campus in Seattle.

Seattle Fire Department Lt. Sue Stangl said the woman's vehicle was parked in a handicap parking spot on floor P3 in a garage next to the Lindeman Pavilion on 9th Avenue and Seneca Street. Around 1 p.m. Monday the woman's car somehow "lunged forward," crashing through a wall and into an unused elevator shaft, she said.

The vehicle fell about 10 feet, Stangl said. "The rescue aspect was a little bit tricky" since firefighters had to make sure "there were no electrical issues and that the structural integrity" of the shaft was intact, she said.

With the back end of the vehicle still on P3 and its nose wedged into the shaft, Stangl said firefighters went one floor below, where they cut open a wall and "were able to get her out of the car and onto a stretcher." The woman was conscious throughout her ordeal and did not appear to be injured, Stangl said.

The elevator shaft is not currently used and does not have an elevator inside, according to hospital officials.


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April 29, 2011 5:38 AM

Daily News: Jefferson Co. deputy could face discipline for crash

Posted by John de Leon

A Jefferson County sheriff's deputy could face discipline, including termination, for a Wednesday night crash on Highway 101 south of Forks, the Peninsula Daily News is reporting.

Sheriff Tony Hernandez said the department will conduct an internal investigation after Deputy Brandon M. Przygocki lost control of his patrol car and crashed into a ditch about 38 miles south of Forks. The State Patrol said Przygocki was driving too fast for conditions.

Przygocki was not pursuing a suspect at the time of the crash, Hernandez said. "The road was covered with slush, and he could not see the centerline and he went into a skid," Hernandez said.

If the sheriff's department disciplines the deputy, it could range from a reprimand to termination, Hernandez told the Daily News.

Przygocki, 23, remains on active duty. He has been a sheriff's deputy for about a year.

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April 13, 2011 1:28 PM

Arlington woman dies week after single-car crash

Posted by John de Leon

An Arlington woman has died a week after she was involved in a single-car traffic accident in Everett, according to the State Patrol.

Valerie J. Vickery, 52, died Tuesday at Providence Regional Medical Center's Colby Campus in Everett.

According to the State Patrol, Vickery was driving east in a 1997 Toyota Camry at the west end of the Highway 2 Trestle just before 2 p.m. April 6 when she lost control of the car and hit a jersey barrier. The State Patrol says Vickery may have had some sort of medical condition that caused the crash.

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April 7, 2011 8:23 AM

Drunken driving suspect runs away; infant, 3-year-old in tow

Posted by Susan Gilmore

A suspected drunken driver with an infant and a three-year-old child in his car was arrested Wednesday after his car struck a parked car and flipped over, according to Seattle police.

But it doesn't end there.

After the crash, the man gathered up the children, apparently crawled out of the overturned car and ran off.

Police say the man was going north on 12th Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. when he hit a BMW parked in the 1800 block. The man's car flipped over due to the impact.

The man got out of the car and ran away with the children, but police were able to catch up with him, police said. Seattle Fire Department medics were called in and the children were taken to Harborview Medical Center as a precaution because they were so young.

The man was arrested on suspicion of hit-run, DUI and reckless driving, police said.

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April 1, 2011 11:43 AM

Man struck and killed by train in Mount Vernon

Posted by Susan Gilmore

An 18-year-old high school student was killed in Mount Vernon Friday morning when he was struck by a train.

He was walking on the eastside of the tracks on Riverside Drive about 9:30 a.m. when he was hit by a southbound BNSF train, according to Mount Vernon police.

The train blew its horn and whistle to alert him to get off the tracks to no avail.

Police said it appears the student, who attended Emerson High School in Mount Vernon, may have been istening to an iPod with his hood up prior to the accident and likely did not hear the train or its warnings.

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March 28, 2011 5:48 AM

East Bremerton man killed when car slips off jack

Posted by John de Leon

An East Bremerton man was killed Sunday afternoon when he was crushed by a car that he was repairing, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.

The Honda Accord apparently slipped off a jack just after 4 p.m. in the 3100 block of Aegean Boulevard Northeast. The man's girlfriend found him pinned beneath the Honda and a neighbor grabbed a second jack and rushed over to help raise the car, the Sheriff's Office said.


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Aid crews were summoned but the man was declared dead at the scene.

The Kitsap County Coroner's Office will make a positive identification of the victim and will also determine the cause and manner of death.

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March 21, 2011 1:10 PM

PHOTO: Driver arrested after nasty wreck on I-90

Posted by John de Leon


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The driver of this Chevrolet Corvette was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving after this accident on Sunday, according to the State Patrol.

Hard to believe anyone could survive this wreck involving a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette.

The driver, a 52-year-old Bellevue man, not only survived, according to the State Patrol, he's also been arrested for suspicion of DUI.

The State Patrol says the crash happened around 5:20 p.m. Sunday on westbound Interstate 90 near West Lake Sammamish. Witnesses say the Corvette was speeding just before hitting a concrete jersey barrier.

The driver was taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center with serious injuries and later arrested, the State Patrol said.

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March 21, 2011 11:31 AM

State Patrol seeks witnesses to Mt. Baker Tunnel crash

Posted by John de Leon

The State Patrol is seeking additional witnesses to Friday's crash in the Mount Baker Tunnel.

The accident occurred just after midnight on eastbound Interstate 90 when a silver Chevrolet Impala struck the left and right barrier in the tunnel, and ended up blocking all lanes.

Witnesses are asked to call Detective Russ Haake at 425-401-7717.


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March 17, 2011 9:15 AM

State Patrol: Alcohol or drugs likely factor in fatal Bothell crash

Posted by John de Leon

UPDATE at 1:52 P.M.: The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the driver killed in the crash as Gale P. Arnold, 63, of Everett.

-- From Times staff reporter Susan Gilmore:

The State Patrol says alcohol or drugs were likely a factor in a fatal crash Thursday morning on the Bothell-Everett Highway, just north of Maltby Road, in Bothell.


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According to State Patrol spokesman Keith Leary, witnesses said a 31-year-old man from Bothell was driving a Honda Accord erratically south on the highway at about 7 a.m. when he collided with a northbound car driven by a 63-year-old man. The older man, who was also from Bothell Everett, died at the scene.

After that collision, the Honda struck a second car, which caused the Honda to overturn. The driver of that car, a Bothell woman, 31, was not injured, Leary said.

The driver of the Honda was taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Leary said he was driving with a suspended license.

Leary said troopers found evidence at the scene to indicate drugs or alcohol may have been involved in the accident, which is being investigated as vehicular homicide. According to court records, the driver of the Honda has prior convictions for attempted manufacturing of marijuana, possession of cocaine and driving with a suspended license.

Leary asks that any witnesses to the accident call the State Patrol at 360-654-1204.

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March 16, 2011 12:48 PM

No serious injuries in Metro bus collision in West Seattle

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

A collision between a Metro bus and a car near Delridge Way Southwest and Southwest Spokane Street did not result in any serious injuries, according to Seattle Fire Department Lt. Sue Stangl.

Police and firefighters responded to the 11:40 a.m. crash, which shut down a section of Delridge Way Southwest for about 45 minutes while the collision was investigated, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson. At least one vehicle was towed from the scene and the street reopened around 12:30 p.m., he said.

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March 10, 2011 5:46 AM

Arlington man dies after struck by vehicles

Posted by John de Leon

A 33-year-old Arlington man was killed Wednesday night after he was struck by two vehicles on Highway 530, according to the State Patrol.

The man was standing in the eastbound lane of the highway when he was struck just before 9:30 p.m. near 249th Street Northeast, north of Arlington. The victim was taken to Cascade Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the State Patrol.

The drivers of the two vehicles were not injured.


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February 23, 2011 12:14 PM

UPDATE: Police chase ends in crash on I-5 in North Seattle

Posted by John de Leon

--From Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge:

UPDATE AT 2:53 P.M.: All southbound lanes were cleared at 2:47 p.m., according to the state Department of Transportation. The backup still stretched about three miles.

Two people were injured after a man driving a stolen vehicle crashed into another car while fleeing from police at speeds up to 105 mph on Interstate 5 near Lake City Way in North Seattle.

According to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, deputies were attempting to stop a man who had reportedly assaulted and threatened an Everett-area woman before stealing her black Saturn SUV.

Deputies attempted to stop the driver of the SUV in South Everett around 11:30 a.m., but the driver ran a stoplight, crashed into another car and disappeared for a time, according to Rebecca Hover, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.

The Saturn was later spotted on southbound I-5 in the Lynnwood area and deputies pursued it into Seattle, where the driver crashed into a Jeep Wrangler, causing both vehicles to roll over, said Hover.

Hover said the driver of the Wrangler, a woman, suffered a broken arm and was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

The suspect, 42, was taken to Harborview for treatment so he could be booked into jail, police said. Hover said he will later be taken to the Snohomish County Jail, where he is expected to be booked on numerous counts, including investigation of assault, vehicle theft, vehicular assault and eluding police.

The crash closed all lanes of southbound I-5, according to the state Department of Transportation.

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February 10, 2011 5:40 AM

Motorcyclist injured in Central Kitsap collision

Posted by John de Leon

A 55-year-old Bremerton man was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday night after his motorcycle collided with an SUV in East Bremerton, according to Kitsap County sheriff's deputies.

The accident occurred at 5:45 p.m. at the intersection of Central Valley Road Northwest and Northwest Teri Court.


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The sheriff's department says the Bremerton man was riding a motorcycle north on Central Valley Road when a Jeep Cherokee, driven by a 16-year-old girl, turned in front of him. The motorcycle collided with the Jeep.

The man was treated at the scene and taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. The driver of the SUV was not injured.

The sheriff's department says it's unknown if either driver was impaired at the time of the collision.

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February 1, 2011 2:30 PM

Issaquah teen killed in three-car collision on I-405

Posted by John de Leon


UPDATE: The person killed has been identified as Tyler Lucas, 18.

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

An 1817-year-old Issaquah man was fatally injured in a three-car collision Tuesday morning on Interstate 405, according to the State Patrol.

Around 10:20 a.m., Tyler Lucas was driving in the left lane on north I-405, just north of Interstate 90, when his 2005 Dodge Neon struck a Chevy Suburban driven by Peter Gradwohl of Mountlake Terrace, the Patrol said. Both vehicles crossed all lanes of traffic, striking a Honda Accord driven by Shelly Keene of Renton, before coming to rest in the far right lane.

The Lucas was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died, according to the Patrol.

Gradwohl was taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. Keene was treated for minor injuries. The collision is under investigation.

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February 1, 2011 11:50 AM

Pedestrian struck by car in Seattle crosswalk

Posted by John de Leon

A 77-year-old woman was hospitalized with broken bones and a head injury Tuesday morning after she was struck by a car.

The woman was walking south on East Yesler Way and crossing 18th Avenue East in the crosswalk when she was struck at 8:15 a.m., Seattle police said. The driver of the car, a 46-year-old woman, was turning left onto Yesler from 18th when she struck the woman.


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The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a head injury, fractured hip and fractured leg, police said.

The driver was questioned at the scene and released pending further investigation. Police said she showed no signs of impairment.

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January 28, 2011 5:40 AM

Motorcyclist severely injured in Marysville crash

Posted by John de Leon

A motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries Thursday night when she was struck by a car in the Lakewood Crossing area of North Marysville, police said.

The accident happened just before 8:30 p.m. when a car made a left-hand turn in front of the motorcycle. An on-duty Marysville police officer was driving behind the car when the accident occurred, police said.

The motorcyclist, a 42-year-old Snohomish woman, suffered severe head injuries and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The driver of the vehicle, a 22-year-old Everett man, is a pizza delivery driver who was returning to the restaurant following a delivery, police said. He was not injured but was taken to a local hospital to undergo a blood draw to determine if alcohol or drugs played a part in the collision, police said.

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January 26, 2011 11:09 AM

Alcohol may be factor in Everett crash that injured three

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Olivia Bobrowsky:

Alcohol may have been a factor in the hit-and-run crash involving a SUV that backed into a south Everett building on Tuesday, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. The driver, a 26-year-old man, backed into a building at Cruise America RV in the 12200 block of Highway 99, injuring three people inside, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office said.


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A 6-year-old boy suffered facial injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, but was not admitted, spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said in a news release Wednesday. Police don't know if he is being treated elsewhere.

The boy's mother, 45, of Lynnwood, suffered a serious arm injury and was in surgery Wednesday morning at Harborview. An Everett man, an employee at the RV business, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital. Hover said.

The driver, who left the scene after the 4:18 p.m. crash, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on Tuesday night on suspicion of vehicular assault and hit-and-run driving, Hover said.

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January 9, 2011 8:47 AM

Man killed in early morning crash in Redmond

Posted by John de Leon

A man was killed early Sunday when his car left the road and went down a ravine in Redmond.

The car was heading north on Bellevue-Redmond Road at Northeast 40th Street just after 3 a.m. when it went down the ravine and into a wooded area. The driver, a male, was the only occupant of the vehicle, police said. His name has not been released.

Police said it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were involved.


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January 6, 2011 3:25 PM

Renton man killed in Pierce County crash

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Susan Gilmore:

A 30-year-old Renton man died Thursday morning when his car stuck a tree on Highway 410 east of Greenwater in Pierce County.


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The State Patrol said a witness reported the driver appeared to be attempting to pass another car when he suddenly drove off the road and struck a tree head-on. The driver, and only occupant of the vehicle, died at the scene.

The road was bare and wet with slush in places, the State Patrol said. The collision is still under investigation, but speed is considered a factor, the State Patrol said.

The victim's name has not been released.

The accident happened around 8:30 a.m.

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January 5, 2011 3:46 PM

Man dies two months after being struck by train in Seattle

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Time staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

A British Columbia man who was struck by a train two months ago in Seattle has died from his injuries.

Ronald Dunkley, 32, of Langley, B.C., died from multiple blunt-force injuries at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center on Monday, the King County Medical Examiner's Office reported Wednesday. His death was ruled an accident.

Around 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, someone called 911 to report that a pedestrian had been hit by a train, police said at the time. Investigators determined that a northbound locomotive was stopped on the westernmost set of railroad tracks, blocking the intersection of Elliott Avenue and Clay Street.

Dunkley apparently tried to cross the railroad tracks by crawling under one of the stopped train cars, according to police. When he stepped out from under the stopped car, he walked into the path of a southbound locomotive and was struck.


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January 5, 2011 3:24 PM

Woman crushed by bale of clothing identified

Posted by John de Leon

The woman killed Tuesday afternoon when she was struck by a bale of clothing has been identified as Trinidad Ruiz, 63.

The King County Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday that Ruiz died from crushing injuries to her head and torso. Her death has been ruled an accident.

Ruiz was working at Buffalo Exports, a warehouse on South Spokane Street, stacking bales of clothing estimated to weigh 700 to 1,000 pounds each. One of the bales somehow fell on Ruiz. She later died at Harborview Medical Center.

The state Department of Labor and Industries Washington Labor & Industries is investigating the incident.

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January 4, 2011 9:34 AM

Suspect in Pike Place Market accident pleads not guilty

Posted by John de Leon

A Seattle man whose Subaru struck several pedestrians near Pike Place Market last month pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to two counts of vehicular assault.

Travis C. Lipski, 39, told investigators that he had smoked synthetic marijuana known as "K2" before the accident, according to a Seattle police report. Witnesses reported seeing Lipski "slumped over the wheel" of his vehicle just before the crash at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16, according to police.

Lipski's 1997 Subaru wagon was heading west down Stewart Street past First Avenue when the vehicle sideswiped a parked car, struck three pedestrians and crashed into a produce truck parked in an alley, police said.

Lipski is a stand-up comedian who moved to Seattle about a year ago.

To read the charging documents and police report, click here.

Lipski is scheduled to return to court for a case-setting hearing on Feb. 14. He is out of custody after posting $75,000 bail.

Last week, the state Board of Pharmacy voted to ban synthetic marijuana products in Washington. The board voted to classify synthetic marijuana chemicals as Schedule I controlled substances, which will make them illegal to make, possess and sell.

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January 4, 2011 6:29 AM

Police chase ends with crash of stolen car in South Everett

Posted by John de Leon

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash involving a stolen vehicle and another vehicle that occurred about 5 a.m. Tuesday near Southeast Everett Mall Way and Highway 526 in South Everett.


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A sheriff's deputy had spotted the stolen vehicle in the area and tried to stop it. The driver took off, prompting a pursuit. Less than a mile away the stolen vehicle struck another car. The suspect was arrested.

There were no injuries.

The Sheriff's Office says traffic in the area will be disrupted during the investigation.

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December 17, 2010 10:25 AM

UPDATE: Woman hit by car near Bothell dies at hospital

Posted by John de Leon

A 74-year-old woman who was struck by a car near Lynnwood High School Thursday night has died, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. The woman, whose name has not been released, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the accident.

At 4:45 p.m. Thursday, the woman was crossing North Road near 184th Street Southwest and was struck by a compact car driven by a woman in her 40s. No citations were issued, the Sheriff's Office said, and the crash is still under investigation.

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December 16, 2010 6:54 PM

Pedestrian struck by car near Lynnwood High School

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Jill Kimball:

A 74-year-old woman was in critical condition Thursday evening after she was struck by a car in unincorporated Bothell, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

At about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, the woman was crossing North Road near 184th Street Southwest and was struck by a compact car driven by a woman in her 40s. The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The Sheriff's Office closed part of North Road temporarily Thursday evening, directing drivers to a detour through Lynnwood High School.

No citations have been issued, the Sheriff's Office said, and the crash is still under investigation.

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December 16, 2010 12:05 PM

KING-TV: Car strikes pedestrians near Pike Place Market

Posted by John de Leon

UPDATE at 12:56 p.m.: KING-TV is reporting the driver has been arrested.

A car has reportedly gone onto a sidewalk near Pike Place Market, striking at least two pedestrians, according to our news partners at KING-TV.

Seattle police say the accident happened around 11:30 a.m. at First Avenue and Stewart Street. Fire Department officials treated three people, two with serious injuries and one with minor injuries. All three were transported to Harborview Medical Center.


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A witness tells KING-TV the driver of a silver Subaru lost control of the car and struck a pedestrian, who fell on top of the vehicle. The Subaru continued down the hill and hit another pedestrian, pinning that person in between the car and a produce truck parked in front of the store Sur La Table.

We'll update this post as soon as we have additional information.

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December 6, 2010 11:16 AM

Airlift called for man injured in Snoqualmie tractor accident

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

Snoqualmie medics are calling for a helicopter to airlift an 18-year-old man who suffered a leg injury after a heavy piece of equipment backed over him.

Medics were able to reach the man around 11 a.m., after someone called 911 to report that a piece of machinery, possibly a tractor, had run over the man's left leg, according to radio traffic on a police and fire scanner.

The man was injured near Southeast Mill Pond Road and Weyerhauser Mill Road, along the north fork of the Snoqualmie River, east of Snoqualmie.

Medics were controlling the bleeding and keeping the man warm as they waited for an Airlift Northwest helicopter crew to respond.

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November 29, 2010 5:41 AM

UPDATE: One killed in single-car crash south of Snohomish

Posted by John de Leon

UPDATE at 11:26 a.m.: The State Patrol still has not identified the victim. They say he was a male, but did not have ID on him. The State Patrol says there was ice on the the road, which may have contributed to the crash.

A person was killed Sunday night in a single-vehicle crash south of Snohomish, according to the State Patrol.

The victim was driving a 2004 Hyundai east on Cathcart Way just after 9 p.m. when the car slid through the intersection at Highway 9 and struck a tree. The State Patrol says speed was a factor in the crash.

No other details on the crash or the driver's identity were immediately available.


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November 23, 2010 9:52 AM

Man killed on I-5 in Tacoma identified

Posted by John de Leon

A man who was killed Monday night when he got out of his car on Interstate 5 near the Tacoma Dome has been identified as Jae Y. Lee, 66.

Lee got out of his 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickup on the southbound lanes at L Street just before 7 p.m. and was struck by a car driven by Jerry L. Smith, 56. Lee was pronounced dead at the scene.

The State Patrol is unsure why Lee left his pickup, but says snow was falling at the time of the accident. The State Patrol urges motorists involved in a collision to pull over to the right shoulder of the roadway and remain in their car until help arrives.

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November 17, 2010 11:45 AM

Auburn propane company fined for deaths of two employees

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge:

An Auburn propane gas company where two employees died in May has been fined $8,400 and cited by the state Department of Labor and Industries for failure to properly train employees.

According to the citation issued this month, Ferrellgas did not ensure that employees maintained a minimum distance of 10 feet between energized high-voltage lines and any equipment they were using.

Mark Olson, 41, of Auburn, and Scott Pigg, 25, of University Place, Pierce County, were electrocuted on May 26 when the tip of a boom they were using to move propane tanks around the company yard in the 3600 block of A Street Southeast touched an overhead power line. The electrical wire sparked a fire that engulfed their truck.

Olson joined the company in January 2006 and worked as a field-installation specialist, setting up propane tanks for customers. Pigg began working for Ferrellgas in July 2007 and was a material handler at the Auburn yard.

According to L&I spokesman Hector Castro, Ferrellgas was extremely cooperative during the investigation into the deaths. Even before the citation was issued, the company had taken steps to prevent similar tragedies, he said.

"It was very traumatic to them and they got rid of the crane and moved all the propane tanks away from the power lines," Castro said. "They just hadn't realized the hazard the power line posed."

The deaths were the state's 35th and 36th workplace fatalities, compared with the 20 deaths investigated by the department as of May 27, 2009, according to Castro.

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November 17, 2010 11:08 AM

UPDATE: Pedestrian killed by dump truck in Seattle

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff employee Sara Jean Green:

UPDATE AT 1:48 p.m.: Police say they believed the pedestrian was a female. However, an ID has not yet been released.

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a dump truck Wednesday morning in Seattle.

The dump truck driver called 911 at 9:11 a.m. to report he'd hit a pedestrian at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Cherry Street, said Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt.

The department's Traffic Collision Investigations Squad will investigate the accident, Witt said.


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November 15, 2010 4:46 PM

Service Saturday for Renton firefighter killed in car wreck

Posted by John de Leon


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Joshua Baker

A celebration of life service is scheduled for Saturday for Renton firefighter Joshua Baker, who was killed in a traffic accident Sunday in Snoqualmie.

Baker joined King County Fire District 40 in 2007 before becoming a Renton firefighter in 2008. Most recently he was assigned to Engine 13.

"On behalf of the City of Renton and the Fire and Emergency Services, we extend our deepest and sincere sympathies to Joshua Baker's family and friends," Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator Mark Peterson said in a news release.

The Saturday service will be at 11 a.m. at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, 36017 S.E. Fish Hatchery Road, in Fall City. A memorial fund has been established for the Baker family and donations may be left at any U.S. Bank branch.

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November 15, 2010 3:44 PM

Bikers plead not guilty to causing trooper's rollover

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

Three motorcyclists accused of running a State Patrol trooper off Interstate 5 in August pleaded not guilty Monday to criminal charges stemming from the incident.

Kevin R. Reyes, Christopher L. Anderson and Rodney Alexander II were charged earlier this month with attempting to elude police and reckless driving. A King County Superior Court judge on Monday ordered Reyes held in lieu of $15,000; Anderson in lieu of $20,000; and Alexander in lieu of $50,000, prosecutors said.

Reyes and Anderson have since bailed out of the King County Jail. Alexander remains in custody.

On the evening of Aug. 10, Trooper Bryan Salyer had been chasing a group of motorcyclists over the interchange between southbound I-405 and northbound I-5 at speeds of more than 100 mph, according to charges. As Salyer attempted to pull some members of the group over, other bikers in the group cut him off, forcing him to swerve and slam on his brakes, the State Patrol said.

Salyer lost control of his patrol car on the ramp from I-5 to northbound state Highway 599, struck the guardrail and rolled several times before ending up in a ditch. He was treated at Harborview Medical Center and released.

One witness interviewed by The Times disputed Salyer's account.

As he lay pinned in his wrecked car, at least two of the motorcycle riders pulled up to within 30 feet of his car, got off their bikes and began clapping and laughing, he told investigators. They rode off as other motorists began pulling up to the scene.

Troopers said that a tipster identified Reyes, who is president of a local motorcycle gang called "Demon Dogz," as part of the group that caused the crash, according to the charges. Reyes, who is known by the nickname "El Jefe," was allegedly overheard talking about the crash at a now-closed Hooters restaurant near South Park in August.

Reyes allegedly called an emergency Demon Dogz meeting on Aug. 13 where he said that he, Alexander and Anderson were involved in the incident, charging paperwork said. Reyes reportedly threatened members of the club if they told anyone about their involvement, charging paperwork said.

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November 15, 2010 2:55 PM

Driver pleads not guilty to crash that seriously injured four

Posted by John de Leon

Juanita Wright, who is charged with four counts of vehicular assault in connection with the crash outside a Seattle nightclub last month, pleaded not guilty Monday in King County Superior Court.

Wright, 43, also known as Juanita Carpenter and Juanita Mars, was arrested after police say she struck a group of people in the 1700 block of First Avenue South before 11 p.m. Oct. 28. The victims had just left Seattle's Showbox SoDo and were walking in an unmarked crosswalk when they were struck, according to charging paperwork.

Four of the five victims were hospitalized after the crash. One 28-year-old woman suffered a brain injury that required doctors to remove a portion of her skull, charging paperwork said.

Police said that Wright's car was "filled" with empty and partially consumed cans of high-alcohol-content beer after the crash. A six-pack of beer was found on the floorboard next to Wright's feet, charging papers said.

Wright's blood alcohol was measured at 0.29 percent, police said, well above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

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November 15, 2010 12:56 PM

Daily News: Coast Guard won't replace cables that brought down copter

Posted by John de Leon

The electrical cables that brought down a Coast Guard helicopter in July, killing three crewmen and injuring a fourth, will not be replaced, according to the Peninsula Daily News.

The crew was flying a MH-60T Jayhawk from Astoria, Ore., to Sitka, Alaska, when the helicopter snagged the cables that powered bar warning lights at the mouth of the Quillayute River. Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Lowry tells the Daily News the agency has chosen to replace the cables with a large generator that will be installed on James Island.

The generator, which will contain 200 gallons of diesel fuel, will be in place by the end of the month, he said. Two smaller generators were put in place on the island as a temporary fix about two weeks after the crash, Lowry said.

"There will be no cables put back up," he said.

Killed in the July 7 crash were: aircraft commander Lt. Sean D. Krueger, 33, of Waterboro, Maine; Aviation Maintenance Technician, First Class Adam C. Hoke, 40, of Great Falls, Mont.; and Aviation Maintenance Technician, Second Class Brett M. Banks, 33, Green River, Wyo. The helicopter's co-pilot, Lt. Lance D. Leone, 29, of Ventura, Calif., survived the crash.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Lisa Novak said the investigation into the July crash continues. "It's an ongoing investigation and we do not comment on an ongoing investigation," she tells the Daily News.

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November 15, 2010 5:44 AM

Pacific man killed when car strikes tree

Posted by John de Leon

A 93-year-old Pacific man was killed Sunday evening in a crash on Highway 410 in King County, according to the State Patrol.

The man was driving a 2002 Hyundai Accent when the car left the road and struck a tree just after 5 p.m., the State Patrol said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Earlier Sunday, a Graham man was killed when his car struck a tree in Snoqualmie.

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November 9, 2010 10:44 AM

Woman hospitalized after collision with Metro bus

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police are investigating a collision between a car and a Metro bus that sent one woman to the hospital.

The collision happened just after 6 a.m. Tuesday morning at the intersection of Renton Avenue South and South Henderson Street. The driver of the car, a 69-year-old woman, had to be extricated from her car by the Seattle Fire Department and was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

The bus driver and the sole passenger were not injured, police said.

The intersection is expected to be closed to traffic for several hours while the investigation continues.


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November 8, 2010 5:53 AM

Man critically injured when SUV hits bus shelter

Posted by John de Leon

A man suffered life-threatening injuries early Monday morning when his SUV slammed into a bus shelter in the 3900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, according to Seattle police.


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Police said the man was driving north on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South at a high rate of speed around 2:38 a.m. when he lost control of his Ford Explorer. After striking the bus shelter, the SUV went back onto the street, where it spun around and came to rest blocking the northbound lanes.

The Seattle Fire Department had to extricate the driver from the vehicle. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the SUV, a woman, suffered only bumps and scratches, police said. She was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

Officers are investigating whether alcohol and/or drugs played a role in the accident.

The accident forced the closure of northbound Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and the light-rail line.

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October 29, 2010 5:47 PM

School bus involved in wreck; no students injured

Posted by Cathy McLain

From Times staff reporter Carly Flandro

A multivehicle collision involving a school bus is blocking the two right lanes of northbound I-5 just north of Bridgeport Way in Lakewood.

Three vehicles -- the school bus, a pickup and a semi-truck -- were involved, according to Mike Keohi, the battalion chief for the Lakewood Fire Department.

The man driving the pickup sustained minor injuries; no one else was hurt.

The bus was carrying the Lakes High School football team.

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October 29, 2010 5:47 PM

School bus involved in wreck; no students injured

Posted by Cathy McLain

From Times staff reporter Carly Flandro

A multivehicle collision involving a school bus is blocking the two right lanes of northbound I-5 just north of Bridgeport Way in Lakewood.

Three vehicles -- the school bus, a pickup and a semi-truck -- were involved, according to Mike Keohi, the battalion chief for the Lakewood Fire Department.

The man driving the pickup sustained minor injuries; no one else was hurt.

The bus was carrying the Lakes High School football team.

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October 25, 2010 9:17 PM

Father dies from injuries suffered in 5-car Ballard crash

Posted by Cathy McLain

From Times staff reporter Carly Flandro

Andrew Kotowicz, 37, died Sunday after being hospitalized for injuries sustained in a five-car collision in Ballard on Thursday.

Kotowicz's Subaru caught fire after it was struck by a black Ford Fusion sedan and pushed into the rear of a white Dodge pickup. The pickup hit another Subaru and a Volvo.

Kotowicz's 4-year-old daughter was in the vehicle with him when a nearby business owner grabbed her from the burning car. Other motorists succeeded in extinguishing the fire, but Kotowicz was trapped.

He had to be extricated by fire department personnel.

Kotowicz worked at Sub Pop Records and had been driving his daughter home from day care, according to a post on the business's blog.

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October 23, 2010 8:48 AM

Pedestrian killed in accident near Lake Goodwin

Posted by John de Leon

A man was killed early Saturday morning when he was hit by a car south of Stanwood, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

A 20-year-old woman was driving on 156th Street Northwest near Lake Goodwin when she struck the man while he was walking near Lakeview Avenue. The woman thought she had hit an animal so she drove to her home and told her parents.


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The woman's parents went to the scene and found the man's body and called 911 around 3:30 a.m.

The victim is between 18 and 25 years old.

Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash, the sheriff's office said. The crash remains under investigation.

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October 21, 2010 3:15 PM

State Patrol seeks witnesses to fatal wrong-way crash

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge:

The State Patrol is looking for witnesses to an accident on Highway 509 in Burien that left one man dead and three people seriously injured.

The accident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. on Monday, according to the State Patrol. Adam Knapp, 30, of Federal Way, was headed north on Highway 509 when he pulled over to the shoulder just south of South128th Street, made a U-turn and drove into oncoming traffic, the State Patrol said.

His Subaru Legacy struck a Ford Explorer and all three women in the SUV were critically injured, police said. The Explorer then struck another car, according to police.

After the accident, Knapp climbed out of his vehicle and leaped across the highway barrier and was struck by four, and possibly five, northbound vehicles. One of the vehicles was an ambulance that had pulled over to help; another is believed to be a vehicle that did not stop, the State Patrol said.

Knapp was pronounced dead at the scene.

The State Patrol asks that anyone with information call Detective Stacy Moate at 425-401-7746.

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September 22, 2010 1:54 PM

Pedestrian struck by two vehicles on Aurora Avenue North

Posted by John de Leon

A man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon after he was struck by two vehicles in the 6700 block of Aurora Avenue North.


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The man was crossing Aurora Avenue North around 12:15 p.m. when he was struck by van heading north, police said. The man was then struck a second time by another vehicle in the center lane.

The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Neither driver was injured, police said.

All three northbound lanes of Aurora Avenue North are closed at the 5900 block with traffic being diverted. Police expect the closure will last several hours.

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September 14, 2010 9:25 PM

Collision with SUV fatally injures motorcyclist

Posted by Cathy McLain

From Times staff reporter Carly Flandro

A motorcyclist died Tuesday evening in South King County after a collision with a small SUV, according to the Kent Fire Department.

The man riding the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the site of the accident, which occurred in the 4600 block of S. 272 Street. The SUV driver was not injured.

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September 3, 2010 10:12 PM

Motorcyclist fatally injured early Friday morning in Seattle

Posted by Cathy McLain

A motorcycle driver was fatally injured very early on Friday morning when his bike hit a guardrail on North Westlake Avenue North and flipped over several times, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The driver, who was estimated to be 25 to 30 years old, was thrown from the bike, police said on the department website.

According to the police department, a black Kawasaki motorcycle was northbound in the 2700 block of Westlake at about 1:35 a.m. when the driver was unable to negotiate a curve. After flipping over several times, the bike landed in a parking lot.

The Seattle Fire Department took the driver to Harborview Medical Center where he later died, the police department said.

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September 3, 2010 8:53 PM

Man critically injured, 4 teens hurt in Granite Falls crash

Posted by Cathy McLain

From Times staff reporter Carly Flandro

A 22-year-old Arlington man and four teens were taken to hospitals after the car they were in struck a pole, then a tree, and caught on fire early Friday, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. They crash occurred in Granite Falls.

The man, who was critically injured and burned, was taken to Harborview Medical Center. The teens -- two girls and two boys from the Lake Stevens and Edmonds area -- have non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital. The crash happened at about 2:30 a.m. in the 4400 block of Robe Menzel Road, according to the sheriff's office.

The man was driving the vehicle, a 1995 Mitsubishi GT, at a "very high rate of speed" on Robe Menzel Road. He lost control of the car, and it struck the pole and tree. The impact of hitting the tree caused the car to catch fire.

Detectives are still investigating the crash, according to the sheriff's office. No arrests have been made

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August 28, 2010 9:01 AM

Pedestrian struck, killed on Highway 99 in Everett

Posted by John de Leon

A 31-year-old pedestrian was killed Friday night when she was struck by a pickup as she was walking on a sidewalk on Highway 99 in Everett, according to the State Patrol.

A Toyota pickup driven by William Reardon, 42, of Everett, was heading north in the 13600 block of Highway 99 around 9:30 p.m. when it left the street, struck three parked cars and then hit the woman while she was on the sidewalk. The victim was identified as Anita Sharma of Mill Creek.

The State Patrol is investigating the accident.


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August 20, 2010 3:17 PM

Woman injured in fall from second-floor deck

Posted by John de Leon

A woman in her mid-30s was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after she fell from the second-floor deck of a home in the 11000 block of Southeast 290th Street in Auburn.


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The incident happened just after 2 p.m. Friday. Firefighters from Valley Regional Fire Authority and King County Medic One paramedics stabilized the woman and drove her to Lea Hill Elementary, where Airlift Northwest landed and then flew her to Harborview.

The woman's condition was not immediately known, but a news release from Valley Regional said the woman suffered traumatic injuries in the fall.

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August 19, 2010 8:54 AM

Bicycle and pickup collide in North Seattle early Thursday

Posted by Nick Provenza

A Seattle man was injured early Thursday when he ran a red light at the intersection of North 145th Street and 1st Avenue Northeast and was struck by a pickup, according to the Washington State Patrol.


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The bicyclist, who suffered a broken femur and facial and head injuries, was taken to Harborview Medical Center following the 6 a.m. accident. He was not wearing a helmet, according to the State Patrol.

The accident backed up traffic in the area.

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August 18, 2010 2:57 PM

PHOTO: Seattle police officer injured in traffic accident

Posted by John de Leon


PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BOFFOLI

A Seattle police officer was injured Wednesday when his squad car struck a tree.

-- From Times staff reporter Carly Flandro:

A Seattle police officer crashed a squad car into a tree Wednesday afternoon after colliding with another vehicle, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The officer was responding to an emergency call and had activated the vehicle's lights and siren when he struck a Ford sedan and subsequently hit a tree on California Avenue Southwest. The incident occurred at about 1:52 p.m, according to the Police Department.

The officer was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The 70-year-old male driver of the sedan was not injured.

The accident is under investigation.

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August 16, 2010 5:52 AM

Motorcyclist injured in Snohomish County wreck

Posted by John de Leon

A 54-year-old Stanwood man was seriously injured Sunday night in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 5 near the Snohomish-Skagit County line.

According to a State Patrol report, a pickup driven by Henry Bennett, 70, of Newcastle, struck a disabled car in one of the southbound lanes of I-5 around 9:30 p.m. A motorcycle driven by Charles Hoover swerved to avoid the wreck and Hoover was ejected.

Hoover was taken to the Colby Campus of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett with serious injuries, according to the State Patrol. Bennett and the driver of the disabled car suffered minor injuries.

The accident disrupted traffic in the southbound lanes for about three hours.

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August 12, 2010 9:19 AM

Bainbridge Island cops rescue woman before car erupts in flames

Posted by John de Leon

Two Bainbridge Island police officers pulled a Lynnwood woman from her wrecked car just before it burst into flames after she struck a utility pole while rushing to catch a ferry early Thursday morning.

The accident happened at 12:43 a.m., when a 2002 Mazda Millenia, driven by the 19-year-old woman, entered the curve on Olympic Drive Southeast just south of Winslow Way. The driver lost control of the car and struck the pole, according to Bainbridge Island police.


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The car's gas tank ruptured on impact, police say, and within minutes the vehicle was engulfed in flames. The utility pole fell across Olympic Drive, blocking all four north- and southbound lanes. Several power lines fell on top of the car.

Two Bainbridge Island police officers were inside the police station across the street from the accident scene and ran out and pulled the woman from the car before it burst into flames, police said.

The driver was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital for observation and was later released with only minor injuries.

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August 11, 2010 5:48 AM

State Patrol: Injured trooper taunted by motorcyclists

Posted by John de Leon

A State Patrol trooper who was pinned in his patrol car following an accident Tuesday evening was taunted by a group of motorcyclists he had been chasing, the State Patrol says.

Trooper Brian Salyer radioed State Patrol dispatch at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday that he was trying to catch up with a group of motorcyclists traveling at more than 100 mph from southbound Interstate 405 to northbound Interstate 5. As Salyer tried to get close enough to identify the lead motorcycle, two other riders intentionally cut in front of his patrol car, forcing him to swerve and slam on the brakes, according to the State Patrol.

Salyer lost control of the patrol car on the ramp from northbound I-5 to northbound state Highway 599, struck the guardrail and rolled several times before ending up in a ditch.

Salyer was pinned in his damaged patrol car. He later told investigators that as he was struggling to get out, at least two of the motorcycle riders pulled up to within 30 feet of his car, got off their motorcycles and begin taunting him by clapping and laughing. They then rode off as other motorists began pulling up to the scene.

Salyer was taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center for treatment of a mild concussion, head and neck lacerations and bumps and bruises, according to the State Patrol. The 22-year State Patrol veteran was expected to be released from the hospital by early Wednesday morning.

UPDATE at 1:24 p.m.: The State Patrol says Salyer is now at home recovering from his injuries.

The State Patrol says information and descriptions of the motorcycle riders are being withheld until detectives can interview all potential witnesses and collect evidence.

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August 6, 2010 9:26 AM

Motorcyclist suffers broken bone, 'road rash' in tunnel wreck

Posted by John de Leon

A motorcyclist suffered a fractured clavicle and a bad case of "road rash" when he wrecked his ride in the Battery Street Tunnel Thursday night.

Witnesses told police that the motorcyclist had been speeding and repeatedly changing lanes just before the accident, which happened just after 11 p.m.

The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, While there, a traffic officer initiated a blood draw on the man, police said. The motorcyclist was then released pending further investigation.

His female passenger sustained non-life-threatening injury and was also taken to Harborview.

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August 3, 2010 5:01 PM

Lynnwood K-9 dog falls 25 feet into ravine

Posted by Cathy McLain

From Times staff reporter Jill Kimball

A K-9 police dog fell down a ravine Tuesday morning in Lynnwood and is now safe and sound.

Buddy, 5, was doing some routine training with his handler, Officer Cole Langdon of the Lynnwood Police Department, around the 6400 block of 164th Street in Lynnwood when he fell down a ravine that was about 70 feet deep.

Luckily, Buddy landed on a sandy ledge about 25 feet below where Langdon was standing, preventing him from sustaining any injuries.

Firefighters had prepared to haul Buddy up on a rope, but two officers managed to walk a quarter mile down some steep terrain to grab Buddy's leash and coax him to safer ground.

Langdon and Buddy were named Officers of the Month in July for outstanding work catching criminals and sniffing out drugs.

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August 2, 2010 4:36 PM

Driver killed in weekend I-5 crash identified

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

Matthew Diven, the 23-year-old Brier man who crashed his 2002 silver BMW on Interstate 5 early Saturday morning, killing himself and his passenger, was identified Monday by the King County Medical Examiner's Office.

Diven and Jordan Swenson, 23, of Kenmore, both died from a variety of injuries, according to death investigators, who ruled that both deaths were accidental. The two men were childhood friends who regularly spent weekends in Seattle, according to Swenson's relatives.

Diven was behind the wheel of the BMW, speeding north on I-5 around 2:45 a.m. when his car clipped an Acura near the Mercer Street offramp, according to the State Patrol. The BMW then crossed three lanes of traffic, striking the rear of a Seattle Fire Department medic unit. The driver of the medic unit, Stephanie McKay, 43, of Snohomish, suffered a skull fracture while her coworker, Matthew Anderson, 39, of Issaquah suffered back injuries, according to the State Patrol.

Crash investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, but as of Monday, a State Patrol spokeswoman was unable to provide details about what may have been found in the vehicle.

The crash caused the closure of all five northbound lanes of I-5 for about four hours.

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August 2, 2010 4:22 PM

Girl killed by falling ice at Big Four Ice Caves identified

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge:

An 11-year-old girl who died on Saturday when she was struck by a large piece of ice near the Big Four Ice Caves has been identified as Grace Makato Tam of Lake Stevens.

Lt. Jeff Brand of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said the girl was struck by ice which broke off as she and her mother were standing on an ice field adjacent to the caves. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday the girl died of a crushing pelvic injury. Her death was ruled accidental.

Brand said the ice that killed the girl was the size of a Volkswagen bus. The girl's mother was also injured, but was able to walk out of the area on her own.

The Big Four Ice Caves is about 25 miles east of Granite Falls in Snohomish County. It's a popular destination, but Brand said people should enjoy the ice caves from afar and not go near them. There have been other accidents in the past, including the 1998 death of a Bothell woman, who was killed when ice collapsed on her near the entrance of the cave.

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July 30, 2010 6:10 AM

Police: Driver runs red light, hits pedestrians in crosswalk

Posted by John de Leon

A driver, who witnesses said ran a red light Thursday night, struck two pedestrians in a crosswalk, sending both to the hospital, Seattle police said.

The accident happened at around 7 p.m. as the driver, heading west on Roy Street at First Avenue North, went through a red light before hitting a man and a woman on the west side of the intersection. The man rolled onto the hood of the vehicle and struck his head on the windshield, police said.


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Seattle Fire Department medics treated the victims -- the man is in his 80s and the woman in her 70s -- at the scene and took them to Harborview Medical Center. Physicians told police their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The driver was examined at the scene by an SPD Drug Recognition Expert. The driver, who showed no signs of impairment, was questioned and released pending further investigation, according to police.

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July 26, 2010 9:48 AM

UPDATE: Pedestrian in crosswalk struck by car in Issaquah

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Susan Gilmore:

A woman was hospitalized in critical condition at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center on Sunday after she was struck by a car in Issaquah. UPDATE: Issaquah police reported Monday morning that her condition has been upgraded to "serious."

According to Issaquah police, the woman was walking her dog and crossing the street in the crosswalk at the intersection of Northeast Park Drive and 15th Avenue Northeast. The 29-year-old driver who struck the woman stayed at the scene and tried to give her CPR, police said. Police said the Seattle man was cooperative and has not been arrested.


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The woman's dog was killed by the car.

Police said the woman is a 59-year-old resident of Issaquah Highlands.

Police are investigating whether the sun might have restricted the driver's vision.

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July 20, 2010 1:03 PM

Lights were out in Lynnwood. Here's why

Posted by John de Leon

About 1,500 Snohomish County PUD customers were without power for about 45 minutes this morning after an SUV slammed into a utility pole in the 4600 block of 212th Street Southwest, according to our news partners at MLTnews.com.


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The accident happened at about 8:45 a.m., but power was restored by about 9:25 a.m., according to MLTnews.com.

Check the MLTnews.com website for photos.

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