Less than 45 minutes separated a pair of collisions Monday afternoon along 12th Ave that sent two pedestrians to the hospital with serious injuries.
In the first incident reported just after 12:45 PM at the intersection of 12th and Columbia, a driver struck an 18-year-old as she crossed the street at the southwest corner. A Seattle Fire representative tells CHS the woman was taken to Harborview in stable condition following the crash.
38 minutes later and less than a mile north, Seattle Fire was called to a second pedestrian collision at 12th and E Thomas where a 24-year-old male was struck by the driver as he crossed at the intersection. The victim was reportedly in stable condition as he was transported to Harborview.
SPD was called to the scenes of both crashes to investigate.
The incidents come as SDOT stats show serious pedestrian collisions continue to rise in the city. 12th Ave has seen recent pedestrian improvements and more marked crossings but the busy corridor for walkers, bikers, and drivers can still prove a dangerous crossing. The intersection at E Columbia features a traffic light and marked crosswalks. The E Thomas intersection is not marked.
More pedestrian, bike, and driver safety work is underway along the east-west Thomas/John corridor.
Meanwhile, in 2016, Seattle rolled out 25 MPH speed limits for its arterials like 12th Ave.
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