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One struck and killed, driver to hospital in 10th Ave E crash

The 10th Ave E crash scene (Image: CHS)

A person was struck by a driver and killed Wednesday morning along 10th Ave E near the E Newton intersection.

Seattle Fire medic crews and Seattle Police rushed to the scene around 9:15 AM and found a person struck and pinned in the northbound bike lane beneath the red sedan that slammed into a utility pole during the crash.

Crews began life saving measures on the person who was hit and the driver. The pedestrian died at the scene. The driver was transported to the hospital.

UPDATE: SFD reports the man who died is believed to be in his 50s. They say the driver, reported as a female in her 50s, was transported in critical condition.

Witnesses reported the man who was hit was on the side of the street at the time of the collision possibly trying to enter the driver side of a vehicle.

A Metro bus was headed southbound at the time of the crash and remained at the scene during the response but did not seem to be involved in the crash.

10th Ave E remains closed in both directions during the response and ongoing investigation.

Despite reduced speed limits and years of “Vision Zero” efforts in the city, it has been a deadly time on Seattle streets. “Unfortunately, despite a drastic drop in travel and collisions, preliminary data indicate that 24 people died in a crash in 2020 in Seattle, making it one of the most deadly of recent years,” SDOT reports. “Thirteen people were walking, one person was biking, one was riding a motorcycle, and nine people were in vehicles.

The speed limit in the area of the crash is 25 MPH. We do not know what role speed played in the crash at this time.


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Lila
Lila
1 month ago

I ran to a scene of a crash just a little over a month ago on 10th Ave and Prospect (I live on 10th Ave E). Luckily, no one was seriously injured. Two car collision with one car striking and damaging a bus stop shelter and part of the apartment building.

I live on 10th Ave E and I see vehicles racing through here like it’s a highway. Terrible news about the person who lost their life—we’ve got to get these folks to slow down. Not to sound flippant, but I am surprised there isn’t a death every week at 10th and Prospect. Daily, there’s honking and screeching of tires.

Catie
Catie
1 month ago
Reply to  Lila

I knew this man. He was my neighbor. He and his wife were the first folks to welcome us to the neighborhood. He really was a guy that would give you the shirt off his own back and never hesitated to help any neighbor out. It is absolutely heartbreaking. My whole heart goes out to his widow, children and the rest of their wonderful family.

There you are doing your job and bam…it’s a terrible incident and extremely shocking.

I agree- slow down, stop looking at phones and be aware of what is going on around you.

joe smith
joe smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Catie

I’m staying anonymous because I maybe shouldn’t share: the driver had a medical emergency and probably passes out. Horrible for her and him.

Deee
Deee
1 month ago
Reply to  Lila

Hey we’re neighbors! I saw (well, heard) the same crash and when I peeked out the window to see the cause I was really worried someone had been in that bus shelter.

When I first moved to Capitol Hill, I wandered the neighborhood to get my bearings and found the traffic on 10th Ave scary. When I was little, my best friend’s brothers were almost squashed by a semi that veered off the street and plowed into their corner bedroom. I was hesitant to move to 10th Ave knowing that story and these two recent crashes are not making me feel any safer. We live on 10th and walk our dog to Kristi’s grooming at the far north end – we tend to take the side street to avoid walking 10th.