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- 15th Ave scooter crash: An electric scooter rider lost consciousness and suffered injuries to his face and head in a crash Thursday night at 15th and Republican. According to emergency radio updates, the 35-year-old reportedly hit a “ramp” and fell from an electric scooter near the intersection just before 10:45 PM. Seattle Fire says it treated the man at the scene and transported him to Harborview in stable condition. The area is the same location where the city has installed a new bus bulb serving the northbound Metro
Rt 11Rt 10 line but it’s not clear if the new installation was involved in the crash. SFD did not have information about the specific location of their response and Seattle Police did not respond. According to one update on Seattle Fire radio, crews were dispatched to an address on the side of the street near Coastal Kitchen away from the new curbed bulb setup. The scooter crash is the second serious incident in the area involving this type of vehicle in recent weeks. CHS reported here on a June 14th crash at 19th and Madison in which an electric scooter rider suffered “heavy trauma” and was transported to Harborview in critical condition.
- E Pine pedestrian collision: A 25-year-old woman was struck by a driver and taken to Harborview in stable condition in a collision Thursday night at Pine and Bellevue. Pine was closed in both directions during the response just after 11:30 PM. Seattle Fire says it treated the victim at the scene before transporting her to the hospital. Seattle Police called a “Drug Recognition Expert” to the scene but it’s not clear if there were any arrests. We’ve asked SPD for more information on the investigation.
- 10th Ave E burglar arrest: A responding officer was injured and a suspect taken into custody after police say he entered a 10th Ave E home and was acting erratically as a family sat down to dinner Tuesday night. Police were called to the North Capitol Hill street around 6:30 PM Tuesday night and found the man had exited the house after the family fled and was trying to gain entry to a neighboring home:
The suspect ignored orders from officers and approached officers with a fighting stance. One officer deployed his Taser and achieved a momentary lock up on the suspect. However, the suspect recovered almost immediately and proceeded to swing his fists wildly at officers. Officers were able to take the suspect to the ground and handcuff him. While being detained in handcuffs, the suspect looked at one officer and threatened to kill the officer once he gets out of jail.
Police say one officer was injured during the arrest. Seattle Fire was called to treat the officer and to screen the suspect “due to the Taser deployment.” SPD says the injured officer was transported to the hospital and discharged after a few hours while the suspect was transported to the hospital with a hospital guard.
- UPDATE — Pedestrian hit at Broadway and Union: A driver struck a pedestrian and smashed into a light pole Thursday afternoon around 4:30 PM at Broadway and Union. SPD and Seattle Fire were called to the scene. We do not yet have details of the victim’s injuries. The light pole was knocked down and creating a hazard in the area.
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That 15th ave bump out is horrible. It has a ramp at one end and a curb at the other. If you are riding just off the traffic lane you have to use this or go into traffic. I assume most people won’t know there is a curb at the other end. Why the city installed this I’ll never know. There was a perfectly fine bus stop some feet back that allowed the bus to pull over to the curb. Now the bus stops in the street. Poor design, not needed, money wasted.
And just wait for the bike and scooter riders who hit it at might to sue. Just a great idea all around.
Bike riders generally go in the direction of car traffic, so they’d see the curb first. To ride onto the ramp, somebody would have to go against the cars, and that would be risky in itself.
The design is intentional. Having the bus stop in the middle of the traffic lane is intended to “slow” traffic. A similar design has been in effect for several years on NE 15th Ave., between 80th NE and 110th. Buses stopping to pick up passengers along the route can back up cars for blocks, especially at rush hour.
When it’s raining, will bus drivers still stop for waiting riders sheltering under the awnings, or will they assume they are not riders because they are not standing on the new structure in the rain?
The #10 bus route would be served at 15th and E. Republican. The #11 would cross 15th Avenue soon after it turns right onto E. Pine from Madison or if coming from downtown just a block or so before it turns left from E. Pine onto E. Madison.
I bike past here almost every day and the new bus bulb is a dangerous obstacle SDOT is responsible for imposing on non-motorized users. Just another misguided and expensive misstep for SDOT. Their choice prioritizing shiny new “infrastructure” like this is why the transportation system sucks across the board in Seattle. 14th and John is falling apart and lacks curb ramps on 2 corners next to senior center, grocery and bus. But they install these unnecessary boondoggles instead and waste money.