No life-threatening injuries, driver sober in 15th Ave E car vs. pedestrian incident

[mappress mapid=”32″]The woman who survived being struck by a car and run over Wednesday morning as she crossed E Harrison at 15th Ave E somehow avoided life-threatening injuries and the results of tests of the driver show he was not impaired at the time he struck the woman, police told CHS Thursday afternoon.

The 64-year-old woman remains hospitalized with serious injuries but we do not have details beyond the multiple fractures and unknown internal injuries reported by Seattle Fire at the scene.

Police told CHS the woman was crossing the street just before 8:40 Wednesday morning when she was struck by the 2012 Honda Civic as its driver turned right from northbound 15th Ave E toward E Harrison.

“He struck the pedestrian at a low rate of speed, knocking her to the ground,” the responding officer wrote in a preliminary report. “The driver ran over the pedestrian before he was able to stop.”

The adult male driver was evaluated by a SPD drug recognition expert, but no signs of impairment due to alcohol or drugs were detected.

Police say the traffic collision investigation continues.

14 thoughts on “No life-threatening injuries, driver sober in 15th Ave E car vs. pedestrian incident

  1. Oh my gosh, I am so glad she is going to pull through. She must be one tough cookie. I do hope she makes a full recovery. Thank you for the follow-up.

  2. I still don’t understand how you can hit someone at low speed and continue driving over them. There has to be a cell phone or some other device here that distracted the driver.

    • OR, perhaps the driver panicked, hit the gas instead of the brake, or in general just freaked out not knowing what to do after realizing what he was in the middle of. Not everything points to a device or mobile phone. I do know if I accidentally plowed into someone that I didn’t see, I would probably not be in my right mind problem solving it.

      • “I do know if I accidentally plowed into someone that I didn’t see, I would probably not be in my right mind problem solving it.”

        Then you probably shouldn’t be driving.

        • So you’ve never driven a car and never not seen anyone pedesterian or bicycle or pulled out in front of car by accident eh? Thought so.

  3. It’s easy to forget that if your driving at only 5 miles an hour you move about 7 or 8 ft per second. In 1/2 a second you could hit someone and be over them in an instant. I have 100% sympathy for the pedestrian and really glad she’s ok (I live a block from the corner in question) but it’s wrong to just assume that the drivers a complete moron, was texting etc. I’m sure he’s going through a lot right now.

  4. I hope we see criminal charges against the driver.

    Every intersection – marked or not – is a crosswalk. Why is it that the moment we discover a driver is sober, he or she gets a pass for almost killing a person? It’s time to put a stop to all the dangerous behavior on the road – not just the drunks.

    • Funny, I didn’t read anything about the driver “getting a pass”. I didnt see anything about a driver not being charged. Did you see something I didn’t?

      I didn’t realize I was so fortunate I lived around so many 100% perfect people who never make a terrible mistake. Damn, I’m lucky all my neighbors let me keep living here.

      • Well if you make mistakes that seriously harm and threaten the lives of others, we actually may not let you live here! (I’m looking at you, jail)

      • It is common for drivers to face little more than a ticket when they injure or kill a pedestrian – unless that driver has had a drink.

        Had you read my comment carefully, you would see that I acknowledge that we don’t know if he has been criminally charged. If we want people to pay attention, there need to be serious consequences for this kind of incident.

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