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Victim in deadly Olive Way hit and run identified

The victim left to die in the roadway in last month’s Olive Way hit and run has been identified.

The King County Medical Examiner says Taylor Reid died of “multiple blunt force injuries” in the Friday, May 24th incident at Olive Way and Minor just west of I-5 from Capitol Hill.

Reid was 36 and a resident of a nearby apartment building. Reid’s dog Frito survived and was reportedly being tracked down from animal control to be re-homed.

Police have asked for assistance in the case but have not publicly released information about involved drivers or vehicles.

There have been no announced arrests.

According to police radio updates, Reid was found down in the roadway by a passerby around 9:30 PM and was clinging to life. Seattle Fire was called to the scene but the victim died before being transported to Harborview.

Seattle Police were reviewing video from the scene and searching for a possible suspect vehicle headed east on Olive Way but were also looking for other vehicles seen in the area at the time Reid was struck.

SPD’s Traffic Collisions Investigations Squad has asked anyone with information to contact detectives at 206-684-8923.

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways says the Olive Way incident was part of six deaths in the week in which people were killed “while traveling on our streets.” The group has called for the Seattle City Council to add more funding for safety spending to the city’s transportation levy proposal.

 

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Sara
Sara
1 month ago

Vision Zero or zero vision? It’s the classic “we’ve tried nothing and we’re all out of ideas”… do something!

Nandor
Nandor
1 month ago
Reply to  Sara

They’ve tried everything but actually enforcing traffic laws…. the numbers of people who drive like maniacs has done nothing but increase recently and each new rule makes it worse rather than better… mainly because it’s only a small subset that are the problem and the worst drivers get more and more frustrated at the people who actually follow the laws and drive even more aggressively than before.. They are well aware that with the exception of speeding in a school zone that there are no consequences.

I see more people who entirely ignore stop signs and no turn on red signs. I now expect that at least 2-3 cars will go through red lights (because they know that the pedestrian pause means no vehicle cross traffic for a few seconds). The 25mph speed limits almost immediately resulted in some people speeding even more and also weaving through turn and parking lanes to get around people actually doing the limit.. Jamming up intersections (watch the shenanigans at Montlake and 520 during rush hour some day) is normal.

The worst thing is that it’s all for nothing anyway… they drive like idiots usually just to get to the next light and sit there a little longer.

steph
steph
1 month ago

This stuff will keep happening in higher numbers until there’s enforcement of traffic laws. Capitol Hill isn’t even that bad compared to the poorer neighborhoods. So many vehicles driving around with visible damage sometimes extreme visible damage. It’s scary. There are so many cars driving around without license plates or obviously fake license plates. You can basically do what you want on the road and never get pulled over.

It’s not fair to anybody. Not to the victim or the even perpetrator. That person almost certainly didn’t intend to kill anyone that night but whether they are caught or not, that’s their new reality. There’s a good chance that being pulled over at some point would have led to better decisions that would have saved Taylor’s life. Enforcing laws helps everyone, even the people committing the crimes.

KinesthesiaAmnesia
KinesthesiaAmnesia
1 month ago
Reply to  steph

The no plates/fake plates trend is nutso outta control! The other day I was coming home from Seatac after being gone for over a month. When my driver & I reached I5 near Beacon Hill we both noticed that every car in front and on the side of us had no plates. It’s not something I’ve noticed in my travels elsewhere. So hooray for being uniquely you, Seattle!

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

The city, in their infinite wisdom, decided to ask the SPD (lol, good one) how to limit “civilian rights violations”.

One thing they recommended was to not ever pull anybody over for tabs and plate violations.

So this is where we are at now. We all can see the affects. When you give some people an inch, they will take a mile.

Kevin
Kevin
1 month ago

Rest in peace, Taylor. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.