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Police investigating DUI after high-speed crash at 23rd/Jackson

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Four people were taken to the hospital with what Seattle Fire described as only minor injuries after a high-speed crash involving five three vehicles near 23rd and Jackson Wednesday night just before 7 PM.

According to a witness, one vehicle in the crash was traveling around 85 miles per hour on Jackson near the busy shopping area before colliding with the other cars. SPD sent an investigator to the hospital to evaluate the driver of one of the vehicles for impairment. UPDATE: SPD says that 36-year-old male driver remains hospitalized with serious injuries. The crash remains under investigation but SPD says speed and impairment appear to have been factors in the incident.

Police had the street closed to traffic for hours Wednesday night as investigators documented the scene.

Thanks to Otmane Bezzaz for the photographs of the aftermath.

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CD_Dave
CD_Dave
4 years ago

Wow, lucky no one was killed. That area is pedestrian heavy at that hour. I hope the speeder is prosecuted and punished to the maximum allowable under the law. There’s no reason for such blatant disregard for human life.

Ed Hawkins
Ed Hawkins
4 years ago

There were at least 5, possibly 6 vehicles involved in the crash.

Ew
Ew
4 years ago

Wow, that’s horrible….Taco Del Mar, that is.

Mary Ann E Paglia
Mary Ann E Paglia
4 years ago

I was one of the first victims struck by this impaired speed demon. I was at the stop light on 20th and Jackson 3 blocks west of the major crash. Just waiting for my light to turn green when out of no where this car flew at me at a high rate of speed, side swiped my drivers side mirror, I was startled when I heard the crash. Jumped out of my vehicle, too notice some one just hit my car, smashed my side mirror something terrible and was gone in split second He was traveling so fast I couldn’t of even tell what just happened. Had he been just a hair more in my lane I could of been killed. as I drive a small Nissan. Seconds later was when the major head on collision happened. I approached the scene and was absolutely horrified to see the remains of what had just occurred. My thoughts and prayers go out to all victims involved with the speed Demon. He deserves life in prison if you were to ask me. He could of killed us all. I considered myself the lucky one to walk away with no injuries with the exception of my cracked drivers side mirror. I myself have been sober almost 35 years and quit drinking with the thought to this day I could of killed somebody while drinking and driving.